Court Appointed Special Advocates
Since 1996 CASA of Scotts Bluff County has been serving children involved in the Juvenile Court System. Except for one paid staff member, our organization is comprised of volunteers. CASA volunteers are trained for 30 hours before they are appointed to a case. They receive a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education each year. CASA volunteers are advocates for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and who have entered the Juvenile Court System not because of what they did, but because of what someone did to them. In essence, CASA volunteers are the voice of a child in the court room; CASA volunteers are also the eyes and ears for the Judge outside the courtroom. CASA Volunteers build rapport and relationships with children in the cases they represent and they work as team members with the families, foster families, Health and Human Service workers, Guardian ad litems (the child's attorney) and many others.
Most, but not all children we serve, are in "out of home" placements, meaning that most of these children are in foster care. Reports from CASA volunteers, submitted to Scotts Bluff County Judges, give the Judges a better insight as to a child's wants and needs. These reports also provide insightful recommendations for the child's placement and future which may involve anything from reunification with parents, adoption by a relative or foster family or guardianship.
CASA of Scotts Bluff County also provides supervision to the volunteers within our program. It is a vital service of the CASA Program to support volunteers who actively work for a child's best interest in court. Being a CASA Volunteer is a challenging role, however we provide in-depth training and support for each volunteer as they manage cases, attend team meetings, visit children, prepare reports for the Judges, talk to counselors and more.