CASA Baby Case - Joshua
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a “Baby CASA” for 4-month-old “Joshua." The Department of Child Safety (DCS) took Joshua into custody because his mother is mentally ill and abuses alcohol; she consumed alcohol while pregnant with Joshua and there are concerns for fetal alcohol syndrome. Joshua’s father is currently incarcerated on assault charges. Present circumstances have left Joshua without an able and willing parent who can safely provide for his needs. DCS has been able to place Joshua with a relative, however the high needs of an infant have proven to be a challenge for a grandparent who is now essentially raising her grandson.
Among the Baby CASA volunteer’s responsibilities: Monitoring Joshua’s progress in his current placement; working with his pediatrician and other healthcare specialists to ensure that he receives services for age-appropriate developmental milestones; and making recommendations to the Court about a permanent outcome for him.
Are you willing to give approximately 15-20 hours per month to advocate for an abused or neglected child in our community? No experience is necessary, and comprehensive training is provided at no cost to the volunteer advocate. Once certification and training are complete, CASA volunteers spend time learning about the child and their needs, gather information about the child’s circumstances, advocate for services for the child, and provide information to the Court about what is in the child’s best interest.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer and making a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child, please contact the CASA office at 928-771-3165.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The child’s name has been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and this child is not eligible for adoption at this time.