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Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) provides "best interest" advocacy to children for ages of birth to 19, who have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers are citizens appointed by our judge, who are committed to ensuring that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home, to oversee abuse and neglect cases involving children in Cass County.

Training for CASA Volunteers to Begin in October 2017

We are recruiting CASA Advocates for the next training session beginning October 1, 2017.

Each CASA advocate is screened, trained and completes 30 hours of pre-service training. 15 hours of training will be online and 15 hours will be in-person. Once trained, CASA advocates are assigned under the Juvenile Court jurisdiction to speak up on behalf of a child to ensure the needs and interests of abused and neglected children are being met.

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Fourth Annual “Kids Day Out” Event

On August 5, 2017, school-aged children within our CASA program took part in a fun event made possible by a $3,000 grant from PayPal Gives and other generous contributors. 

“Kids Day Out” as an annual event that  allows the kids to have fun and be with other kids in their situation while decreasing the financial burden on parents and foster parents.

A huge thank you to Amy Houston, Shadow Lake Marketing Director for coordinating with merchants on various cash donations and complimentary items for our children.  Thanks to JCPenney for backpacks; Texas Road House for a cash donation and complimentary meals; Red Robin for complimentary meals; Old Chicago for a cash donation and Orange Leaf for complimentary yogurt.  Donations from various retailers, events and employees at Shadow Lake mall, KENO and fundraising funds also helped make the day possible. Learn More

(L-R) Kay McMahon, the Honorable Judge Steinheider and Karie Kirkland McKinley

Two New Volunteers Advocate for Children

Karie Kirkland McKinley and Kay McMahon, our two newest CASA advocates, were sworn-in by Judge John Steinheider on June 30, 2017.

There are a total of 20 Cass County children who are under the jurisdiction of the court due to abuse and/or neglect. Children range in age from two to 17 years old. Currently, 13 active CASA advocates are serving these children.

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Murder Mystery Dinner

Fundraiser Generates Over $7,000

On March 18, 2017. CASA hosted their first Murder Mystery Dinner. Approximately 200 people attended the event, chaired by Nikki Biesterfeld and Angie Neumiller, which generated more than $7,000 to support the organization.

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The Mission of Cass County CASA Program

To provide court appointed volunteer advocacy to abused and neglected children in order to provide a safe, permanent and nurturing home for every child it serves. The goal of the program is to represent the best interests of all abused, abandoned, and neglected children as appointed in conjunction with the court system in Cass County.

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Children Need Our Help

All across Nebraska, judges consider the futures of children who have been abused and neglected by their parents and guardians. CASA volunteers provide critical information in these cases.

CASA in Cass County

Cass County CASA is a 501(c)3 organization funded primarily through public and private donations.

Since 2007, our trained volunteers have advocated for abused and neglected children in Cass County.

  • In 2016, 16 CASA volunteers advocated for 41 children.
  • In 2015, 16 CASA volunteers advocated for 36 children.
  • In 2014, 15 CASA volunteers advocated for 32 children.
  • In 2013, 11 CASA volunteers advocated for 22 children.

Please volunteer or help fund our important work.


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