Our goal is to help every child feel safe and secure in their home and heart.
WHAT WE DO
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Brown County is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the court system.
A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to get help with other services, spend less time in foster care and be moved from home to home, find a safe and permanent home, and do better in school!
"EYES AND EARS OF THE COURT"
Often referred to as the “eyes and ears of the court,” Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are assigned by juvenile judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group.
The concept of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) was created in 1977 by Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup, who envisioned the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak on the best interests of children under court protection.
Today there are more than 85,000 CASA volunteers in 950 state organizations and local programs in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Since its creation, CASA volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes.
CASA of Brown County was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2004 and is one of eight local programs in the Wisconsin CASA Association.
The CASA child advocacy program serves children up to age 18 who under court protection due to abuse and/or neglect.
Many of the children we serve are in foster care.
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life.
After screening, CASA volunteers complete a 30-hour pre-service training and are then partnered with an staff Advocate Supervisor, who provides ongoing support.
In 2018 alone, 145 CASA volunteers advocated on behalf of 281 children in Brown County!
Since the fall of 2016 when the Marinette County CASA Program began, 31 CASA volunteers have advocated for 67 children!