CASA Blog

15 Apr

4/15/13: YCASA’s Pat Bellinghausen is MT CASA Volunteer of the Year

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 mentally ill mother. Pat was instrumental in helping the children enroll in school for the first time in their lives, and also in helping these five children...

15 Jan

YCASA Receives “Provider of the Year” Award

Yellowstone CASA volunteer George Day with the “Provider of the Year” plaque and Judge Susan Watters. 12/19/2012—For Immediate Release Yellowstone CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) received the Provider of the Year Award from the Yellowstone County Family Drug Treatment Court at a luncheon on Tuesday, 12/11/2012 at the MSU-B building downtown. Yellowstone CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a group of trained community volunteers appointed by the court to be a voice for abused and neglected children in the Yellowstone County court system....

02 Oct

Article: We Can Do Better: Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

By National CASA CEO Michael Piraino. For many children, back-to-school season is a time of new opportunities: schedules to figure out, new teachers to get to know, friends to be made. Last week a neighbor of mine proudly showed off a photograph of our neighborhood children waiting with lots of smiles for the bus to pick them up. There’s a group of young people who might experience the start of school with more mixed emotions. Their route to educational success is more...

14 Mar

YCASA Receives Gift from Debt Reduction Services

Yellowstone CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is the fortunate recipient of a $300 gift from Debt Reduction Services in Billings. Debt Reduction Services has indicated plans for continued sustained giving to support advocacy efforts for abused children in Yellowstone County. Yellowstone CASA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to train and provide volunteers to represent the interests of abused and neglected children in the Yellowstone County court system. These Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers serve as a child’s voice...