Yearly Archives: 2016

05 Oct

Guest opinion: CASA runs on local gifts of time, money

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 has since served as the courtroom advocate for 13 children placed in the state foster care systems due to abuse or neglect. Diane supports the...

17 Jun

Gazette opinion: Yellowstone County benefits with public-private partnerships

“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 ...

24 May

CASA Volunteers Step Up to be Next to Foster Child’s Side in Court

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 children in court and other settings. Yellowstone County District Court Judge Russell Fagg confirmed the volunteers in a ceremony on Wednesday. Becoming a CASA volunteer is an investment of time, energy...

27 Jan

“Hands of Hope” program lending a helping hand to non-profits in Yellowstone County

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 helping hand to non-profits in Yellowstone County. CASA is just one of four 2015 finalists chosen by Western Security Bank for a $10,000 grant. Other finalists include Big Brothers Big...