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ABOUT CASA

WHO WE ARE AND 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.

MISSION

Every child to feel safe and secure in their home and heart.

VISION

Adaptability: We seek opportunities, embrace challenges, and accept changes to enhance our work to provide CASA advocacy for children and youth under court protection in Brown County.

Collaboration:  We collaborate with other CASA programs, case professionals, community partners, and with our stakeholders, to carry out our mission effectively and with creativity and innovation.

Integrity:  We are honest, transparent, and dedicated in everything we do and always adhere to the highest professional standards.

Respect:  We demonstrate respect to all those involved with and impacted by our organization. We strive to be a culturally responsive, equitable and inclusive organization.

Quality:  We pursue excellence in everything we do to provide the best advocacy for children and youth under court protection. We evaluate our work and impact and strive for continuous improvement.

Service:  We believe every member of Staff, Board and Advisory Council, and every CASA volunteer, community partner and donor have an integral role to play in executing our mission. Each stakeholder is vital to providing quality CASA child advocacy for children, youth, and families in Brown County.

Stewardship:  We are strongly committed to our mission and continue to work toward our goal of providing high quality CASA child advocacy for all children and youth in need in Brown County.

We recruit, train and support citizen volunteers to advocate on behalf of children under court protection until they are safe and thriving in permanent homes. CASA volunteers visit the child regularly and submit a monthly report to the judge on the child's safety and well-being to help the judge make important decisions on the child's future.

 

Many of the children we serve are in foster care and their CASA volunteer is the only consistent adult presence in their life.  A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to get help with other services, spend less time in foster care and do better in school!

 

Together, we are making a difference in the lives of children in the most need of a strong voice.

VALUES

CASA FACTS

  • 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 advocate for 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 a member of the National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

  • 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 complete 30 hours of pre-service training, sworn in by the court and partnered with a staff Advocate Supervisor, who provides ongoing support.

  • In 2023 alone, 132 CASA volunteers advocated on behalf of 232 children in Brown County!

  • CASA of Brown County operated a Marinette County CASA Program from the fall of 2016 through 2022, providing a total of 60 CASA volunteers who advocated for 103 children. In 2023, CASA of Menominee County, Michigan expanded to include CASA child advocacy services in Marinette County, Wisconsin.

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