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CASA for Kids: 'Brent'

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 10-year-old "Brent." Brent was removed from his home by Child Protective Services (CPS) because his mother physically abused him, failed to protect him from inappropriate sexual contacts by others and because of her abuse of alcohol and prescription painkillers. The father's whereabouts are unknown.

Among the CASA volunteer's responsibilities: monitoring Brent's ongoing progress in his foster home; working with his therapist, physician and teachers, to keep abreast of his physical and mental health issues as well as his education; assisting CPS in working with the mother to determine whether she would be willing and able to participate in parenting and substance abuse treatment programs that might permit her to resume responsibility for Brent; working with CPS to determine whether other relatives might be available to support the mother's efforts to be reunited with Brent and/or become guardians for him; attending monthly meetings with Brent and other team members involved in the case; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for the 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.

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