Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) provides "best interest" advocacy to children for ages of birth to 19, who have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers are citizens appointed by our judge, who are committed to ensuring that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home, to oversee abuse and neglect cases involving children in Cass County.
“Kids' Day Out” a Great Success!
August 2, 2014 was a day filled with shopping, sliding and socializing for the children within our CASA program. Kids' Day Out allowed the kids to have fun and be with other kids in their situation while decreasing the financial burden on parents and foster parents. Fourteen children ages 6-14 years old and 13 adults participated.
It was an especially memorable day for one group of siblings who are in different foster homes and schools. It was evident from their smiles and hugs how much they missed each other the moment they caught a glimpse of one another. Read More...
The Mission of Cass County CASA Program
To provide court appointed volunteer advocacy to abused and neglected children in order to provide a safe, permanent and nurturing home for every child it serves. The goal of the program is to represent the best interests of all abused, abandoned, and neglected children as appointed in conjunction with the court system in Cass County.
CASA in Cass County
Cass County CASA is a 501(c)3 organization funded primarily through public and private donations.
In 2007, the first volunteers completed 30 hours of initial training and began advocating for our abused and neglected children in Cass County.
- In 2013, 11 CASA volunteers advocated for 22 children.
- In 2012, 16 CASA volunteers advocated for 42 children.
- In 2011, 15 CASA volunteers advocated for 38 children.
- In 2010, 9 CASA volunteers advocated for 36 children.
Cass County CASA is now seeking a part-time Staff Assistant to provide administrative, clerical and general program support. Learn more.
Grants and Funding Recently Received
- $7,000 grant from Midlands Community Foundation
- $25,000 from Cass County KENO funds
- $2,000 grant from The Berneice Hopper Private Foundation to support "Kids' Day Out" Learn more.
- $4,860.73 from Nebraska CASA Association for training
Children Need Our Help
All across Nebraska, judges consider the futures of children who have been abused and neglected by their parents and guardians. CASA volunteers provide critical information in these cases. Please contact us to volunteer or help fund our work with your donation.