There are many ways to support CASA of Yellowstone County. You can donate your time and become an advocate, you can donate money, or you can help us spread the word about the important work we do by scheduling us to come and speak at your organization. Call 259-1233 to inquire further, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No special experience or education is required. The following are good traits for a CASA to have:
- A commitment to children
- Objectivity and responsibility
- Good communication skills (both phone and email)
- Open Minded
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Some of the requirements of becoming a CASA are:
- Attend an information session. See the schedule of upcoming sessions by clicking here.
- All potential volunteer advocates go through an interview process
- Once you have interviewed, you will go through a 30+ hour training. This training is partially online.
- Must be able to pass an extensive background check
If you are interested in becoming an Advocate click here for more information, call 259-1233, or email email@example.com
Only after a child has been removed from his/her home due to abuse or neglect and placed in the foster care system is a child eligible to have a CASA volunteer assigned.
When they are sworn in by a judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District.
Children with a CASA:
- Spend, on average, 8 months less time in foster care;
- Are half as likely to re-enter the system later;
- Do better in school both behaviorally and academically;
- Receive more services provided to them to help break the cycle of abuse.
You can read more about the effectiveness of a CASA by clicking here.
A CASA Advocate typically handles one or two cases at a time. A case includes all of the children in a family.
A CASA commits to staying with a case for as long as it lasts. On average cases last 18 to 24 months. However, each case is different and a case lasts until it is resolved, meaning until the child is returned home to parents, adopted or otherwise placed back in a permanent home, or until he/she turns eighteen and “ages out” of the foster care system.
No. While CASA Advocates naturally form relationships with the children they represent, they strive to remain somewhat detached so they can make objective assessments and report on what is in the child’s best interests.
In Yellowstone County, a Guardian ad Litem is a lawyer appointed by the Thirteenth Judicial District to represent the children in all cases involving children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. There are three court-appointed GALs in Yellowstone County.
No. A CASA Advocate’s main focus is the child—the best interest of the child. By law, social workers are required to maintain the safety of the child while, at the same time, work with the parents to resolve the condition or conduct that resulted in the need for protective services for the child.
No. CASA Advocates are volunteers. That is what makes them so wonderful!
CASA receives some funding from the State of Montana Supreme Court and the Yellowstone County Commissioners. A majority of our funding comes from grant writing efforts, fundraising events, and support from individuals. You can donate today and help support abused and neglected children in Yellowstone County!
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