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Lincoln CASA Update

News From Lincoln County CASA

Lincoln County CASA is off and running in 2020.  Our 2nd Annual CASA 101 Training will be the week of April 6th at the Libby campus of FVCC.  If you have any friends or family in the Lincoln County area that are interested in becoming a CASA, please have them contact Sean Carlin at scarlin@lincolncasa.org or by phone 406-291-8912.

Sean will be busy in the coming weeks doing presentations for the Lincoln County Unite for Youth Coalition on 1/28 at the Kirby Maki Theatre in Libby at 5:30pm, the Libby P.E.O. Sisterhood on 2/04 at the Libby United Methodist Church at 6:00pm, and the Libby Rotary on 2/12 at the Venture Inn at noon. 

The 2020 Montana Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Conference is right around the corner.  It will be held in Missoula at the Hilton Garden Inn from March 31st – April 2nd.  CASAs can attend this fantastic training for free.  This is a great way to get your 12 hours of continuing education credits all in one swoop.  Links to the brochure and registration page are listed below.  Lincoln CASA may get a limited number of hotel rooms for free, as well as help with transportation costs.  Details are still being worked out with the Montana CASA/GAL Association, but if you are interested please RSVP with Sean Carlin. 

Registration Form

Brochure

2019 in Review

  • 77 children were in foster care during 2019.

  • 37 new cases of abuse/neglect were filed in 2019.

  • Lincoln County CASA served 33 children in our first year (April 2019 – December 2019) – 22 of those children were served directly by 10 CASAs, with the other 11 being monitored by staff.

  • Lincoln County has averaged 30 new children entering foster care each year.

  • CASA is currently serving 23 children. Our goal is to train a class of 15 volunteers this spring in order to meet the growing need.

  • In 2019, children we worked with had the following outcomes: 3 children reunified with their parents, 1 child adopted, 2 children found permanency through a guardianship, and 2 children aged out of foster care.

  • 85% of the cases handled in 2019 were a direct result of drug/alcohol abuse, 12% were direct result of abuse, and 3% as a direct result of mental health.