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CASA Volunteer

CASA Volunteer

Contact Info:

Christina McIntire, Melanie Lewis, or Margot Icenogle-Larsen
16 West 11th Street
Kearney, NE 68848
Opportunity Type:

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a trained, citizen volunteer appointed by the Juvenile Court to ensure that the needs and interests of abused and neglected children are being met.  CASAs are assigned to dependent children who are under the Juvenile Court jurisdiction and are assigned at the discretion of the Juvenile Court. Some responsibilities would include:

-To serve as an arm of the Juvenile Court as researcher, monitor, and child advocate

-Interview child, parents, foster parents, and any other concerned parties or relatives

-Review appropriate records and reports

-Work with attorney Guardian ad litem representing the best interests of the child

-Confer with counselors, teachers, social workers, etc. involved with the case

-Submit thorough, independent, written reports to the Court with copies to all parties prior to court hearings.

-Appear in Court as needed to answer questions or testify on findings or recommendations

-Maintain records of all findings and document all contacts

-Visit institutions, foster homes or group homes where child is placed or may be placed

-Monitor court orders to ensure services to the child are being furnished in a timely manner and placement is appropriate

-Maintain contact with the program coordinator and submit all documentation

 -Remain involved in the case until the Court's jurisdiction is terminated.