Originally Published: October 4, 2009 10:39 p.m.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 1-year-old "Seth" and his newborn brother, "Robbie." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the children from their home because of the mother's history of substance abuse; and, in fact, the mother tested positive for drugs in her system when Robbie was born. The home also was considered to be unsafe, and the father has a history of substance abuse, as well as a criminal history.
Among the Baby CASA's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of Seth and Robbie in their foster placement to help ensure that their needs are being met; assisting CPS in working with the parents, to determine whether they would be willing and able to participate in appropriate parenting and substance abuse treatment 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 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: 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.