A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 2-year-old "Ben" and his 5-month old sister, "Abby." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the children from their home due to the mother's history of substance abuse, mental illness, neglect of the children and incidents of domestic violence. The father has abandoned the family.
Among the Baby CASA volunteer's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of the children in their foster home, to help ensure that their needs are being met; assisting CPS in working with the mother (and the father, if he can be located), to determine whether either or both would be willing and able to participate in appropriate treatment services (parenting classes, anger management, behavioral therapy and substance abuse services in the case of the mother); participating in monthly meetings with Baby CASA volunteers and other team members to discuss the progress of the children 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 efforts to be able to care for the children or to provide an adoptive home, if necessary; 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: These children's names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and these children are not eligible for adoption at this time.