Originally Published: July 21, 2014 6 a.m.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for twin 1-year-olds "Renee" and "Patsy." The Division of Child Safety (DCS) took custody of the little girls after the parents were arrested for domestic violence. The parents also use illegal substances. In addition, the children were exposed to family members who were involved in violent criminal activity. The twins are currently living in a foster home.
Among the Baby CASA volunteer's responsibilities: Monitoring the progress of Renee and Patsy in their foster home; working with their pediatrician and other healthcare specialists to ensure that they receive services for age-appropriate developmental milestones; working with the parents after their release from jail, to determine whether addiction treatment and anger management services might allow one or both of them to successfully parent their children; participating in monthly meetings with Baby CASA volunteers and other team members to discuss the babies' progress; working with DCS to try to identify any appropriate relatives who might be able to care for the twins and/or support their parents in their reunification efforts; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for these little girls. 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.