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Court Appointed Special Advocate

Court Appointed Special Advocate

Child Advocacy & Parenting Services (CAPS)

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155 N Oakdale Suite 200 | Salina, KS 67401   |  Saline County

Mentoring, OTHER
Dates: ongoing


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Role(s): Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Requirements: 30 hours of training, provided by CAPS; 21 years or older; ability to pass a background check; ability to commit to one year of advocating for a child in foster care
Description: Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children’s best interests. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. We serve children from birth through the age defined by state statute as the limit to youth remaining in care.

Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators and service providers to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make the most well-informed decisions for each child.

Our best-interest advocacy is driven by the guiding principle that children grow and develop best with their family of origin, if that can be safely achieved. Most of the children we work with are in foster care, but some are with their family of origin. And, most children who leave foster care do so to return to their family.

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