Volunteers make a world of difference.
Without community support, CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – would not be able to recruit, train, and support volunteer advocates who will represent child-abuse and neglect victims. Without advocates, children would not have a voice in the judicial system. Typically, CASA cases average two years.
in length, all with the same volunteer – and in some situations cases can last until the child “ages out” of protective care. Volunteers enter an initial, required 30-hour training over a two-week period of time. Training includes presentations from law enforcement and legal experts, state government agencies, the Missouri River Drug Task Force, and local therapists who explain the child-welfare process; CASA staff members train volunteers on case investigation, court reporting and continued child monitoring.
The Foundation's Community Grants Program supports CASA with general operating support.