CASA Case of the Month: ‘Morgan and Matthew’
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for siblings “Morgan and Matthew.”
Morgan, a 12-year-old girl and Matthew, a 7-year-old boy, have been removed from their parents’ care. The Department of Child Safety (DCS) removed the siblings because their mother and father have a long history of illegal-drug use and involvement in criminal activity. The parents were recently arrested, and there was no one available to care for the children.
Morgan and Matthew are currently placed in a licensed foster home while DCS continues to search for relatives that are willing and able to care for both of the children.
Among the CASA volunteer’s responsibilities: Monitoring the children’s progress in their current placement; working with their DCS case manager and any service providers to ensure that they receive the appropriate services, such as educational and medical care; and making recommendations to the Court about a permanent outcome for the children.
Are you willing to give approximately 15 to 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. 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 children’s names and circumstances in this announcement have been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and these children are not eligible for adoption at this time.