CASA of Southwest Missouri (Springfield)
Springfield, MO | http://www.CASAswmo.org
As Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA of Southwest Missouri advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system by recruiting and training community volunteers. When a CASA volunteer is appointed to a child's case, the CASA takes time to find out as much as possible about that child. CASA advocates review records, interview family, relatives, teachers, service providers, and - most importantly - the child. These volunteers then appear in court, alongside attorneys and caseworkers, to recommend to a judge what's best for the child's future. We know that a child who is represented by a CASA advocate stands a better chance of living in a safe, permanent home. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter foster care due to repeated abuse.