ARE YOU READY TO BE A CHAMPION?

Find your inner power by being an advocate for children

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COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES

“Since I see CASA volunteers on a rather frequent basis, I have been in a position to evaluate their overall contributions to the Juvenile Court System.  CASA volunteers are involved in the most serious and troubling of the juvenile cases.  As such, their insights are quite valuable in attempting to formulate a workable plan for the juvenile in question and his family.   In many cases, the CASA report supports the conclusions and recommendations of the CYS caseworkers; in others, the report may differ considerably.  In all cases, the CASA reports are read by me and provide thoughtful assistance for my recommendations which result in the ultimate court order.”
                                                                                                                                Former Juvenile Master William F. Peters, Crawford County

"Every child deserves a champion--an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."

                                                                                                         ~ Rita F. Pierson

Everyone can be an advocate by taking steps to make our community safer for our children:


  • Be mindful of the signs of abuse and neglect in children, such as lack of adult supervision, extreme passivity or aggression or poor hygiene.
  • Be aware of warning signs in parents, such as showing indifference or rarely touching or looking at their child, constant verbal criticism, demands for perfection, drug use, blaming the child for family problems or other irrational behaviors.
  • If you think a child is in immediate danger, don't hesitate. Call 911.
  • If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, report your suspicions confidentially to a toll-free child abuse hotline at 1-800-932-0313.