Morgan County Court Appointed Advocates (CASA)
65 N. Jefferson St
Martinsville, IN 46151
YOU CAN BE THE VOICE FOR AN ABUSED OR NEGLECTED CHILD.
Call 765-342-1082 or email email@example.com today to find out more about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Morgan County.
Morgan County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) started in Morgan County in 1986.
Morgan County CASA is a volunteer powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
CASA provides advocacy to child victims to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent homme as quickly as possible.
Stand up for abused children so they can stand a chance
Every year, abused and neglected children are placed in foster care because they are unable to live safely at home. Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they cannot or will not take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives comes dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA Volunteer. CASA Volunteers watch over and advocate for these abused and neglected children to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They stay with each case until it is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA Volunteer is a constant adult presence and is the one who advocates for them.
Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. As a CASA you establish and maintain contact with a child. CASAs are community volunteers who are professionally trained to gather information about the child and his/her family, identify needs and possible services, speak on behalf of the child in court monitoring court orders and case plans to make sure that the case is moving forward. Responsibilities include meeting with the child monthly; talking with case managers, parents and foster parents, as well as, writing reports for and attending court hearings.
Requirements to become a CASA Volunteer
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Successfully pass all criminal and child welfare background checks
- Provide personal and professional references
- Successfully complete an in-depth interview with CASA staff
- Complete 30 hours of pre-service training
- Complete pre-service court observation time
NEWS & EVENTS:
New CASA Volunteer Training:
December 3, 4, 9, 10
Please contact Candice Carter at 765-342-1082 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.