CASA for Kids: ‘Trevor, Mickey and Angela’
Could you be a CASA to ‘Trevor, Mickey and Angela’?
Siblings Trevor, Mickey and Angela, are currently in the foster care system. Trevor, age 14, is placed with his aunt and uncle, but Mickey, age 5, and Angela, age 3, are together in a licensed foster home.
They were removed due to their parents’ ongoing struggles with mental health, an unsafe home, and neglect due to illegal drug use.
A CASA volunteer is needed to ensure the siblings get all of the services and support they need while their parents work on needed services for family reunification. Due to the age differences in the children as well as the different placements this would be an excellent opportunity for Co-CASAs such as a couple, two friends or neighbors to work together to advocate for siblings in the foster care system.
Among the CASA volunteer’s responsibilities:
Monitoring the children’s progress in their current placements; working with their pediatricians and other healthcare specialists to ensure they receive services for age-appropriate developmental milestones; and making recommendations to the court about a permanent and stable outcome for them.
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 advocate.
Once certification and training are complete, CASA volunteers spend time learning about the child and their needs, gathering information about the child’s circumstances, advocating for services for the child, and providing information to the court about what is in the child’s best interest. Some computer literacy is required.
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 have been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and these children are not eligible for adoption at this time.