CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates

 
 
About CASA of Gratiot County
 
CASA of Gratiot County is a program of Child Advocacy that looks out for the best interests of abused and neglected children as they make their way through the family court system. CASA accomplishes this by recruiting, screening, and training volunteer advocates to speak on behalf of children in Gratiot County. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who are empowered to become a voice for abused/neglected children in our community.
 

Our Mission

The mission of CASA of Gratiot County is to provide advocacy for neglected, abused, and at-risk children in the Family Division of the 29th Judicial Circuit Court, promote the best interest of the child, and establish safety and permanency for all children. CASA of Gratiot County is committed to work, in the court system, through screened, trained and dedicated volunteers in callaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources.
 

History

In 2006, community leaders from Gratiot County Juvenile Court, Gratiot County Department of Health and Human Services, and concerned citizens convened for the first time to create a CASA program in Gratiot County. In 2007, the CASA of Gratiot County Advisory Board formed, and it secured a Program Coordinator. By 2008, the first volunteer was assigned a case. In 2013 alone more than 40 children's voices were heard through the advocacy of the Gratiot County CASA Program. In 2016, volunteers logged 1,500 hours of service to children in Gratiot County.
 
A Voice for Gratiot County's Children
 
Since its creation by the family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Children who are appointed a CASA volunteer are:
  •    More likely to find a safe, permanent home.
  •    More likely to receive services while in the system.
  •    More likely to stay in fewer foster homes.
  •    More likely to have consistent, responsible adult presence.
  •    More likely to pass all courses in school.

 

" Now is the time to ensure we have a volunteer to speak with conviction and compassion for every child who has suffered neglect, abuse, or abandonment. Join us." 

- Tara Perry, CEO, National CASA Association

 
Child Advocacy
525 N. State St. Suite 4
Alma, MI 48801
Fax: (989) 466-2140
 
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