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11:46 PM Wed, Nov. 14th

Casa for Kids: 'Henry and George'

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 2-year-old "Henry" and his 7-month-old brother, "George." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the children from their home because the mother abused illegal substances and has a history of mental illness. Henry's father abandoned him, and George's father has a history of substance abuse and arrests.

Among the Baby CASA's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of Henry and George in their foster placement to help ensure that their needs are being met; assisting CPS in working with the mom and George's father, to determine whether either of them 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 milestone and medical care; working with CPS to identify other relatives who might be able to assist the parents in their 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: This child's name has been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and this child is not eligible for adoption at this time.