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12:55 PM Wed, Nov. 14th

CASA for Babies: 'Matt and Lynda'

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 3-year-old "Matt" and his 2-year-old sister, "Lynda." Child Protective Services removed the children from their home because the little girl had been injured by the father, the boy alleged that the father physically abused him, and the mother failed to protect the children. In addition, the father has a history of substance abuse. Both parents also had a history of domestic violence.

Among the Baby CASA's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of Matt and Lynda 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 anger management services, and, in the case of the father, in a substance abuse treatment program; 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.