CASA for Kids: 'Michael'
BABY CASA CASE OF THE WEEK: “Michael”
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a “Baby CASA” for 2-month-old “Michael.”
The Department of Child Safety (DCS) took Michael into custody because his mother is mentally ill and abuses alcohol. Michael’s mother consumed alcohol while pregnant with Michael and there are concerns about possible fetal alcohol syndrome. Michael’s father is currently incarcerated on assault charges.
Present circumstances have left Michael without an able and willing parent who can safely provide for his needs. DCS has been able to place Michael with a relative; however, the high needs of an infant have proven to be a challenge for the grandparent who is now caring for their grandson, so DCS is looking into other options.
Among the Baby CASA volunteer’s responsibilities:
Monitoring Michael’s progress in his current placement; working with his pediatrician and other healthcare specialists to ensure that he receives services for age-appropriate developmental milestones; 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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