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CASA by the Lakes is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports quality volunteers whose mission is to advocate for the timely and safe placement of abused and neglected children, speaking for the best interest of children in court, and offering encouragement, stability, and hope during a complex and critical time in the lives of these children.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers are community members just like you, who are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA will be the one constant adult the child knows as they navigate through the court system, providing much needed stability.
Once appointed by the judge, CASAs research the case, review documents, interview people, and make a report to the court regarding what is in the "best interest" of abused and neglected children in terms of services, placement, visitation, reunification and permanency. CASA volunteers monitor the child’s situation to ensure safety and basic needs are being met.
Last year, CASA by the Lakes advocated for 96 children between both Calloway and Marshall County. However, there were many more children that were in the system and were in need of a CASA volunteer. Our goal is to serve every child that comes through the Family Court System in our area and we are in need of more volunteer advocates in order to reach that goal.