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Thu, April 25

CASA help needed for 'Brittany'

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 9-year-old "Brittany." Child Protective Services (CPS) took custody of the girl when her mother was arrested for physical abuse. The father had been unable to protect his daughter from her mother, so Brittany cannot remain in his care, either. Since there are no relatives in the area, she is currently living in a foster home.

Among the CASA volunteer's responsibilities: monitoring Brittany's progress in her foster home; working with her therapist regarding any mental health issues she may be experiencing as a result of the physical abuse; talking to her physician and teachers, to keep abreast of her medical and educational needs; assisting CPS in working with the father and the mother (when she is released from prison), to determine whether treatment services, such as parenting skills and anger management might result in one or both of them being able to resume care for their daughter; attending monthly meetings with Brittany, her parents, and other team members involved in the case; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for this child. 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, contact the CASA office at 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.

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