To give a child a CASA volunteer is to give them a voice.
To give them a voice is to give them hope.
To give them hope is to give them the world.
CASA provides abused, neglected, and exploited children a voice in court.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA of Scotts Bluff County is a non-profit organization whose volunteers serve as non-legal parties to child abuse and neglect cases in our county court system. CASA volunteers are appointed by the Judge to advocate for a child’s best interests and stay with each case until it closes, and the child is in a safe, permanent home. CASA serves children from birth through eighteen and is a constant in a child’s life when caseworkers, foster parents, and schools could change periodically.
CASA volunteers advocate for children who have entered the Juvenile County Court System – not because of what they did, but because of what someone did to them. These cases are often classified as child abuse, child neglect, homeless/destitute, or abandonment cases. Case issues include, but are not limited to, physical child abuse, domestic violence, drug or substance use, neglect, inability to protect, sexual assault, human/sex trafficking, and more.
Advocates give children a voice in court by discussing the child’s preference for placement and any needs they may have, and then prepares a written report for the court. CASA Reports give a better insight into a child’s wants and needs and include the volunteer’s opinion on the child’s best interest regarding placement, opportunities, and any concerns.
The children we serve are our purpose, and our volunteers are our heart.