CASA for Kids: 'Sean'

CASA of Yavapai County/Courtesy

CASA of Yavapai County/Courtesy


A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for 15-year-old “Sean,” who has been removed from his mother and father’s care. The Department of Child Safety (DCS) removed “Sean” from his parents due to neglect. The father has failed to provide food, clothing and appropriate housing for his son. The mother is currently unable to provide for her son’s basic needs due to her use of illegal substances and lack of employment. The mother is currently incarcerated and unable to parent the child. There are no in state relatives or family friends available to care for “Sean,” so he is currently placed in a group home.

Among the CASA volunteer’s responsibilities:

Monitoring Sean’s progress in his current placement; working with his DCS case manager and any service providers for Sean; and making sure that he receives the appropriate services, such as educational and medical care; and making recommendations to the court about a permanent outcome for him.

Are you willing to give approximately 15 to 20 hours per month to advocate for an abused or neglected child in our community? Are you detail oriented and organized? Do you have time to review documents, attend meetings and write a quarterly report based on the information you’ve received? 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.

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