Originally Published: August 15, 2010 9:50 p.m.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 3-year-old "Gary." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the little boy from his home because the mother has some chronic medical problems that are compounded by the overuse of alcohol and has also been physically abusive to Gary. The father has physical disabilities that resulted in his inability to protect his son from his wife's abuse.
Among the Baby CASA volunteer's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of Gary in his foster home, to help ensure that his needs are being met; assisting CPS in working with the parents, to determine whether either or both would be willing and able to participate in appropriate treatment services (e.g., parenting classes, anger management, behavioral therapy and substance abuse treatment); participating in monthly meetings with Baby CASA volunteers and other team members to discuss Gary's progress and ensure that he receives 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 efforts to be able to care for Gary or to provide an adoptive home, if necessary; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for this boy. 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.