Programs

Dependency and Neglect Advocacy (D&N)

The CASA Dependency and Neglect Program addresses the needs of children involved with the Department of Human Services and the Court because of abuse, neglect or maltreatment issues. A judge or magistrate appoints CASA as an independent party to the proceedings on D&N cases. The CASA volunteer is appointed to the case after completion of a strict screening process and the core initial advocacy training that covers such issues as child development, cultural competency, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence and overview of the juvenile court process. The CASA’s responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

  • Meet with all parties concerned
  • Have regular contact with the child(ren) involved
  • Ensure expedient attention to the child’s needs
  • Research and investigate all aspects of the child’s life
  • Direct child and family members to appropriate community resources
  • Monitor family compliance with the treatment plan and court orders
  • Participate in hearings and staffings that concern the child(ren)
  • Communicate and make recommendations to the court through written and oral reports

Stats for Dependency & Neglect Program Fiscal Year 2011-12

  • Number of children served: 409
  • 94% of the 157 children on closed cases achieved permanency.
  • 94% of children did not experience more than 2 placement moves.
  • Average Time CASA was appointed to a case –
    Children 0-5 years–14.5 months
    Children 6 -11 years–18 months
    Older children: 12-18 years–20 months
  • 99% of children served did not experience re-abuse or neglect.

Questions? Call 447-9898 ext. 1012 or send us an email.