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.
Congress Finalizes CASA Federal Funding for 2014
Congress appropriated $6 million for the National CASA program. Federal support funds a large portion of the grants National CASA’s makes to state and local programs as well as program, communications and marketing work on a national level.
While we are grateful that National CASA received this appropriation, we still need additional income sources. The grants we receive from National CASA or Nebraska CASA accounts for just over 27% of the funding needed for Cass CASA's mission. The average annual CASA cost for recruitment, training, supervision, and continuing education per volunteer is $2,696. The average annual CASA program cost per child served is $1,140.
Please support us as we work to advocate for the children we serve.
Additional CASA Volunteers Are Needed
Training for new volunteers will be held soon! If you have a heart for children and a willingness to advocate for them, please consider joining us! Classes begin the first week of April, 2014. Course dates and times will be established after determining volunteers' availability. Learn more about how a Cass CASA volunteers change lives.
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.
CASA in Cass County
Cass County CASA is a 501(c)3 organization funded primarily through public and private donations.
In 2007, the first volunteers completed 30 hours of initial training and began advocating for our abused and neglected children in Cass County.
- January to August 2013, 9 CASA volunteers advocated for 17 children.
- In 2012, 16 CASA volunteers advocated for 42 children.
- In 2011, 15 CASA volunteers advocated for 38 children.
- In 2010, 9 CASA volunteers advocated for 36 children.
CASA Uncorked Fundraiser Huge Success
CASA Uncorked, a wine and beer tasting fundraiser for Cass CASA, raised more than $9,375 to support the organization. Event chairpersons were Nikki Biesterfeld and Gloria Sykes. Thanks to our communities for attending and to our event sponsors and supporting businesses.
National CASA Conference
June 7-10, 2104
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. Please contact us to volunteer or help fund our work with your donation.