Originally Published: March 18, 2012 9:46 p.m.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 3-year-old "Charlie" and his 2-year-old sister, "Beth." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the children from their mother's care after the police entered the home and arrested the father on charges of domestic violence. The mother was intoxicated at the time and was found to regularly abuse alcohol and methamphetamine. She also had been previously convicted of driving under the influence. In addition to the domestic violence arrest, the father has a long criminal history, including crimes involving firearms.
Among the Baby CASA volunteer's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of Charlie and Beth in their foster home, to help ensure that their needs are being met; assisting CPS in working with the mother, to determine whether treatment services, including for drug and alcohol abuse, might result in her being able to resume caring for her children; participating in monthly meetings with Baby CASA volunteers and other team members 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 any other relatives who might be able to assist the mother in her efforts to care for Charlie and Beth or to provide an adoptive home, if necessary; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for these little 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 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.