CASA for Kids: 'James'

CASA of Yavapai County/Courtesy

CASA of Yavapai County/Courtesy

BABY CASA CASE: “James”

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for 6-month old “James.”

The Department of Child Safety (DCS) removed “James” from his father’s care because of allegations of domestic violence and substance abuse. The father is abusing illegal substances and is not appropriately caring for the child.

The mother is currently incarcerated and unable to care for him at this time. There were no relatives available to care for child at the time of his removal, so he has been placed in a foster home out of the county.

Among the Baby CASA volunteer’s responsibilities:

Monitoring James’ progress in his current placement; working with her pediatrician and other healthcare specialists to ensure that she receives services for age-appropriate developmental milestones; and making recommendations to the court about a permanent outcome for her.

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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