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.
Training Begins in July for New CASA Volunteers! You can make a difference!
What does a CASA do?
Each CASA advocate is screened, trained and completes 30 honrs of pre-service training. 15 hours of training will be online and 15 hours will be in person. Once trained, CASA advocates are assigned under the Juvenile Conrt jurisdiction to speak up on behalf of a child to ensure the needs and interests of abused and neglected children are being met.
Who are CASA volunteers?
Our active CASA advocates are individuals from our community who work part-time, full-time or are retired. Advocates commit to one year with a child, but seldom leave a case until it has been terminated.
Please call (402) 296-9521 or contact us online to register for training!
Cass CASA Welcomes Two New Volunteers
The Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is proud to announce that two new CASA advocates were sworn-in by Judge John Steinheider on June 21, 2016. We wish Kyle and Brian well as they begin their advocacy for Cass County’s abused and neglected children. Read More
2016 CASA Uncorked Generates $6,500 in Support for Cass CASA
Approximately 105 people attended “CASA Uncorked” a wine and beer tasting fundraising event which generated more than $6500 profit from community sponsorships, ticket sales and donations to the organization. As the organization’s major annual fundraisier, all proceeds will benefit the Cass County CASA Program.
The event which included games and a silent auction was held at Slattery Vintage Estates in Nehawka, NE and chaired by Nikki Biesterfeld and Michelle Group. Hudsker BBQ provided the meal and The Silver Wings Band was the event’s entertainment. Read More
Volunteers Acknowledged for Service to 36 Children this Year
Over the last year, 16 CASA advocates have driven over 7,424 miles and have given more than 925 hours in training, volunteer hours and case hours. Their efforts were recently celebrated at our annual volunteer appreciation dinner. In addition to the positive difference they make serving the 36 children in Cass County they currently advocate for, the volunteers save the county approximately $22,778. 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’s Office Moving
CASA’s office is relocating to the Annex Building next to the Court House in July 2016. The office will be through the last door on the right side. Their physical address is 145 North 4th Street in Plattsmouth, NE. Their mailing address will remain 346 Main Street, Plattsmouth, NE 68048.
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.
CASA in Cass County
Cass County CASA is a 501(c)3 organization funded primarily through public and private donations.
Since 2007, our trained volunteers have advocated for abused and neglected children in Cass County.
- In 2015, 16 CASA volunteers advocated for 36 children.
- In 2014, 15 CASA volunteers advocated for 32 children.
- In 2013, 11 CASA volunteers advocated for 22 children.
Please volunteer or help fund our important work.