In a typical year, more than 100 children in Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, and McCook Counties go through the court system because their family is in crisis. Sometimes the children can live at home with their parents. More often, however, these children go to a foster home. Unfortunately, the system that is supposed to protect children is not always able to ensure that their basic needs and rights are protected.
There is a simple and effective solution: a CASA Volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained advocate who works directly with all the parties to make sure that the best interests of the child are always front-and-center. A child who has a CASA volunteer has a better chance of a successful outcome.
CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children because of abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives.