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Boone County Court Appointed Special Advocate Inc


Mission Statement

Boone County Court Appointed Special Advocates mission is to CASAprovide specially trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused, neglected or dependent children in Boone County Family Court.  Our ultimate goal is to assure that each child has a safe, permanent home.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA volunteer acts as an advocate for a dependent, abused, or neglected child.  The volunteer is appointed by the Boone County Family Court Judge only after completing a 30–hour training program and observing in court for 4 hours.

The volunteer’s responsibilities include assessing the circumstances surrounding the case, making an independent evaluation of what is in the child’s best interest– both immediately and in the long run, attending the court hearings, and monitoring the case until a permanent plan is approved by the court.

CASA takes all cases of child abuse or neglect that go through the Juvenile Court. These children deserve to have an adult who is advocating for their best interest. Often these children become victims of a countryrsquo;s overburdened juvenile justice system. The CASA volunteer helps to assure that children don’t get “lost in the system” and remain in foster care for many years. Volunteers can restore confidence that placements of children are truly in the best interest of each child.

Each CASA volunteer is assigned to an average of only 1–2 cases at one time, so they can do a thorough, in–depth assessment on each child’s case. Because of their volunteer status, the volunteers are able to make completely independent recommendations and are able to concentrate solely on the needs of the child.