Will you be the one? The one to help CASA reach every child in foster care! There are nearly 1,000 children in foster care in Greene and Christian Counties right now. Our goal is to assign a CASA to every child who enters foster care. On average, there are 35 children entering foster care each month in Greene County. We typically get 10 applications per month from people who want to serve as a CASA to a foster child. This means we have a large number of foster children who are going unserved each month. CASA is seeking funds (and volunteers) to close this gap.
When a child has a CASA advocate assigned to their case, the child is more likely to perform better in school because the CASA is checking in on them and ensuring they are on track with their academics. A CASA can assist the child in getting an IEP or 504 plan, or extra tutoring to help them excel. When a child has a CASA, the child is more likely to have stability in their foster or relative home because of the consistent advocacy the CASA can provide, ensuring the child’s mental or physical health needs are being cared for. When a child has a CASA, the child is more likely to exit the foster care system more quickly into a safe, permanent and loving home. This, again, is due to the consistency and advocacy our CASAs can provide to children.
CASA of Southwest Missouri is set apart from other organizations because we are one of a kind. We are the only agency that provides a court-appointed advocate for children in foster care. We partner with other child welfare agencies, who are providing services to abused and neglected children. However, we are the only agency that does the work that we do. Because of that, children in foster care see and feel the difference in our organization. We are often the most consistent person on a foster child’s case (our CASAs are assigned when a child enters foster care and stay with the child until they exit foster care). There is a lot of turnover in child welfare, and our CASAs ensure continuity of care for the child and also that the child does not fall through the cracks of the system. In addition, CASAs are the only non-paid person in a foster child’s life.
Be the one! The one to step up and help us make sure that a child doesn't go through the difficult journey of foster care alone!