The CASA of Douglas County program is a private, non-profit agency founded in 1993 by local attorneys, the Juvenile Court Judge and local youth service providers. The agency serves all of Douglas County. Agency founders saw a local need to provide advocates for abused and neglected children who have been placed in foster care. They believed each child deserved an objective community volunteer to focus on the case from the child's perspective, assuring that their needs are met and that ultimately the child is part of a safe, permanent and loving family.
We need VOLUNTEERS! When a child enters the foster care system because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. CASA volunteers are screened, highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child's best interests in the Juvenile Court's Dependency system. CASA volunteers do this through regular monthly visits to see the child, speak with their parents and family members, observe visits with parents, speak with their teachers, doctors, and attorney, and to report to the judge on the child's needs and the CASA volunteer's recommendations about how to get the child back into a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. These volunteers are ordinary community citizens doing extraordinary work! Give us a call to get started! We provide the training and support for volunteers in this rewarding role in a child's life!