CASA Case of the Month: 11-20-17
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for 12-year-old “Kristen.” The Department of Child Safety (DCS) took custody of Kristen after receiving information that Kristen had been left with no legal caregiver.
The investigation revealed that Kristen’s biological mother had dropped her off at a friend’s house approximately 8 days prior with a plan for her to spend the weekend. Her mother never returned and neither Kristen nor her friend’s parents have been able to reach her mother.
Kristen has never known who her father is and has not had contact with any extended family. She believes she may have an aunt and uncle in the Phoenix area but is not sure of their full names and does not have their contact information.
Law enforcement has initiated an investigation regarding her mother’s current whereabouts. Information obtained thus far indicates that Kristen’s mother has a lengthy history of substance abuse and prior criminal charges for prostitution. Present circumstances have left Kristen with no parent willing or able to provide care for her. Her friend’s parents are willing to care for her temporarily, but do not feel they can care for her past the end of the month.
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 children and their needs, gather information about the children’s circumstances, advocate for services for the children, and provide information to the Court about what is in the children’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.