What is CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help abused and neglected children.
CASA for Kids advocates for abused and neglected children with 100 advocates serving 304 children in Flathead County through providing a voice, healing the hurt, and breaking the cycle.
YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
The need is growing. More and more children are entering the foster care system every year. Last year CASA for Kids served 304 children - that's a 33% increase since 2014. This year we have already added 82 new foster children to our list of ongoing cases!
We need the means to recruit, train, and support advocates to serve the foster children in our community. We need your support!
CASA Advocates are the "One Constant" for the child; they know the child and all that is happening regarding their case; visiting them monthly, meeting with all the professionals involved in their case, attending case meetings, preparing court reports for the judge that provide detailed information about the child and make recommendations to the court regarding the child's best interests.
A CASA Volunteer is so much more than an independent, objective agent of the court. A CASA is a loving, caring, trusted adult - someone who is there for the child, and will stay with them through their entire foster care journey.
You have the amazing opportunity to help change a child's story by giving to CASA for Kids through the Great Fish Community Challenge!
Making a Difference
Carol McElwain (a Court Appointed Special Advocate) became the "one constant" for Shyanne, her CASA kiddo, as a friend, mentor and advocate. Shyanne could count on Carol's consistent presence and compassion as she navigated foster care and all that comes with it. Carol was able to advocate for Shyanne both in and out of the courtroom to ensure that Shyanne's best interest, wellbeing, and wishes were made known to the judge.
Shyanne is an adult now, a mother of two, and currently working at Sunburst Mental Health and going to Flathead Valley Community College. Shyanne was inspired by Carol to pursue a career in Licensed Addiction Counseling and Social Work. Shyanne wants to help others the way Carol was able to help her - giving her a voice and letting her know that she was not alone in the process. Shaynne and Carol still keep in touch to this day.
The children in our community need your voice. They need someone to stand up for their rights and help them find the safe and loving home they deserve.