CASA of Yellowstone County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a group of community volunteers who speak up for abused and neglected children in Yellowstone County. The CASA concept is based on the commitment that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers are appointed by the courts to gather accurate and complete information about the child's circumstances, serve as the child's advocate in all facets of the child protection system, and make objective recommendations in the best interest of the child. Volunteers receive training and work with just one or two cases at a time. They make a commitment to spend 5-15 hours a month for at least 18 months. CASA volunteers make a difference, one child at a time.
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Make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in our community! We are seeking an individual to join a fast-paced team engaged in training and supporting volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Yellowstone County court and foster care systems. PROGRAM COORDINATOR Focus: Indian Child Welfare – engaged in the […]
Put a camera in a child’s hand, Shannen Keene figures, and the young photographer can tell his or her own story in a compelling, even poignant way. And if that child has experienced abuse or neglect at home, the story that’s told becomes one that might move viewers to action. That’s the thinking behind Photovoice, […]
Nicole Walksalong has special expertise in the area of foster and adopted children, a knowledge that comes from beyond her formal education. She’s the adopted mother of twin girls and her own mother was adopted into a white family as a child. The family raised her mother on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, which later allowed […]
In John’s box of precious things, the former foster child keeps a tattered business card of his CASA. Before swearing in 13 new court appointed special advocates, Yellowstone County CASA Executive Director Cass Staton told the group about John, a child who had bounced between foster homes before being adopted. His CASA volunteer was his […]
Billings volunteer Diane Jung has given her time over five years to advocate for abused and neglected children. Recently, she decided to do more: Jung made a $30,000 gift to launch an endowment fund for CASA of Yellowstone County. Jung began volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate with CASA of Yellowstone County in 2011. She […]
A big thank you to The Billings Kiwanis for providing CASA with bags full of books, games and other hands on activities to use during visits with their CASA children! http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-why-montana-kids-need-help-now/article_d44b1877-d69e-5ac1-8309-0a204f90010a.html
“All of my colleagues appreciate this program and appreciate your support,” District Judge Greg Todd told the commission. A year ago, the commission substantially increased funding to Yellowstone CASA. This year, Executive Director Cass Staton asked for the same amount: $155,000. http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-yellowstone-county-benefits-with-public-private-partnerships/article_a7c30ffd-882b-5666-a713-48843b868299.html
By Dustin Klemann March 3, 2016 In 2015, 450 Yellowstone County kids were placed in foster care. That’s more than double the number in 2014. To help with the process, 16 new volunteers stepped up and are now CASA volunteers. The goal of a CASA volunteer is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected […]
January 5, 2016 It’s a voice for abused and neglected children, and for the second time, CASA of Yellowstone County is recognized for its efforts in the courtroom to help local children. CASA’s advocacy is done solely through the efforts of volunteers. Since 2008, Western Security Bank Hands of Hope program has been lending a […]
If Angela Campbell could have selected her successor to lead CASA of Yellowstone County, that person would have been a lot like Cass Staton. Beginning Monday and after her hiring by the agency’s board of directors, Staton, 29, is set to become executive director of the local chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates, which works […]
It’s been a tough year for children in Yellowstone County. This year marks the greatest number of children to enter the court system ever, and the most startling increase of about 27 percent can be found in Yellowstone County. “Now in 2015, we’re seeing something that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Angela Campbell, the […]
92 abuse/neglect cases During January and February alone, the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office filed civil cases involving 92 children who had been abused or neglected. The office filed 183 civil abuse/neglect cases in all of 2014. “When we have a two-month spike like this, we go from serving half the kids to serving a third,” […]
The Yellowstone Court Appointed Special Advocates program, an organization dedicated to helping abused children, added nine more volunteers to its roster Tuesday. Taking the oath before Judge Michael Moses, seven women and two men were sworn in during their CASA graduation to represent the interests of children in Yellowstone County who have been neglected and […]
This Saturday, Drew MacLeod will be saddling up and cycling 80 miles for a purpose. “We’re putting our cycling to work,” he said. He will be participating in the Break The Cycle of Abuse ride, a fundraiser that also raises awareness about the Yellowstone Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. So far the lead program coordinator […]
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9/8/13: One of my favorite fall sounds comes from the school playground a block from my house. If I am lucky enough to be home during recess, I hear the laughter of dozens of children — unfiltered joy filling the autumn breeze. Click here for full article
5/5/2013: Read the article at: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/court-appointed-advocates-helping-more-families/article_7d83ac62-2aab-54b1-8422-f01b9fba1ca0.html
Congratulations to YCASA’s Pat Bellinghausen, who in April 2013 was named Montana’s CASA Volunteer of the Year. Pat joined Yellowstone CASA in 2010, and has served thirteen children in two-and-a-half years. Pat’s most recent case saw her help five siblings, aged 2 to 11, become reunited with their father after years of neglect from their […]