CASA for Kids: 'Mark and John'

CASA of Yavapai County/Courtesy

CASA of Yavapai County/Courtesy

CASA CASE OF THE WEEK: “Mark and John”

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as an advocate for brothers “Mark” and “John.” Mark is 8 and Luke is 9 years old.

The Department of Child Safety (DCS) became involved with the family after receiving a hotline report that the mother was using and selling fentanyl. DCS took the children into custody after finding drugs and drug paraphernalia in the home that was within reach of the boys.

Their mother tested positive for fentanyl. The father recently passed away. Both parents had a history of drug abuse and neglect of the boys. The boys are currently placed together with their paternal aunt and uncle.

Among the CASA volunteer’s responsibilities:

Monitoring Mark and John’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 children.

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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