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CASA of Southwest Missouri


 

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CASA is part of the solution for abused and neglected children in foster care. Finding a safe permanent home is not simply a CASA volunteer’s vision for every abused child but it is their paramount objective. CASA is an intervention and prevention program – working to prevent future incidence of abuse and protecting siblings from similar experiences by assisting child welfare professionals and acting as "the eyes and ears” of the Juvenile court judge. CASA has a proven record of success. Children who have a CASA volunteer spend an average of a year less in the foster care system. Children represented by a CASA volunteer are given a voice: someone who investigates, makes recommendations on their behalf, advocates for services in an environment of scarce resources and challenges the system to do what it is suppose to do for each child. There are no easy answers. It takes time to understand the situation, time to talk to everyone involved, time to find out if it is an isolated incident or an ongoing pattern, time to listen, time to observe and time to understand. CASA volunteers thoroughly investigate the circumstances of each case by reading the Juvenile Court files and visiting the child in foster care, the natural parents, relatives, teachers, day-care workers, therapists and others with relevant information about the child. They make monthly reports and attend meetings and court hearings for their child.

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