CASA for Kids: 'Abbie and Pearl'
CASA CASE OF THE WEEK: “Abbie and Pearl”
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for 4-year old “Abbie” and 6-year-old “Pearl.”
The Department of Child Safety (DCS) removed both sisters from their mother’s care due to allegations of neglect and substance abuse. The mother is not providing the children with proper and effective care. The father is in the home sporadically and doesn’t have any interest in caring for the children. The mother often leaves the children home alone, with no food or supervision. There are no relatives or family friends available to care for the children, so they have been placed in a licensed foster home.
Among the CASA volunteer’s responsibilities:
Monitoring Abbie and Pearl’s progress in their current placement; working with the 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 girls.
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 children’s names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and these children are not eligible for adoption at this time.
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