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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
801 N. Washington St., Suite C
Junction City, KS 66441
Phone: (785) 762-3907
Fax: (785) 762-2915
The first CASA program was started in Seattle, WA in 1977. Currently, every state has one or more programs. The first Kansas CASA program was established in Wichita in 1981.
The primary goal of CASA programs is to assist in securing permanency for children who are in the child welfare system because of alleged or confirmed abuse and/or neglect. The presiding judge in such a case may appoint a volunteer CASA who is responsible for advocating the best interests of the child and assisting the child in obtaining a permanent, safe, and homelike placement. Also, CASA volunteers can be appointed to work with children in the juvenile justice system and children involved in domestic relations cases.
CASA programs are not-for-profit organizations governed by local Boards of Directors. Additionally, local programs must meet certain standards which are established by the Kansas Supreme Court. Programs are reviewed annually to insure compliance with the Supreme Court standards. Only programs meeting these standards are eligible to assign CASA volunteers to cases.
What does a CASA volunteer do?
The duties and responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are set out in Supreme Court Rule 110. A CASA volunteer should:
How do you qualify to be a CASA?
A CASA volunteer must be at least 21 years of age. A potential volunteer must complete the following screening procedure:
Individuals successfully passing the screening process are certified as CASA volunteers. Once certified, a volunteer is eligible to be assigned a case.
For more information about training classes, upcoming events, or to apply to become a CASA volunteer, please click here.
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