Originally Published: July 5, 2009 10:06 p.m.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 3-year-old "Jasmine" and her 5-month-old brother, "Isaac." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the children from their mother because she was homeless, unemployed and had a history of illegal substance abuse. The father is incarcerated.
Among the Baby CASA's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of Jasmine and Isaac in their foster placement to help ensure that their needs are being met; assisting CPS in working with the mom, to determine whether she would be willing and able to participate in appropriate parenting and rehabilitation services; participating in monthly meetings with other Baby CASA volunteers to discuss the children's progress and ensure that they receive screening and services for age-appropriate developmental milestones and medical care; working with CPS to identify other relatives who might be able to assist the mother in her reunification efforts with the children and/or provide an adoptive home; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for these children. CASA volunteers need to provide information to the court at report and review hearings throughout the life of a case.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer for this case or a similar one, and making a difference in the life of a child, please contact the CASA office at 928-771-3165.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The children's names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and these children are not eligible for adoption at this time.