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