Prairie Plains CASA - Child Advocacy


Organization Profile

The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program helps fulfill society's obligation to children through trained citizen volunteers who advocate for a foster child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to flourish in the care of a loving family. A CASA volunteer is assigned to one child or sibling group at a time and gets to know the child, speaking to everyone involved in the child's life to promote safety, happiness, and permanence. Support CASA - be the voice of a child!

 

Prairie Plains CASA advocates for approximately 45 children per year in 7 counties in Southwest Nebraska. We currently have 21 volunteers advocating for 26 children. Today, 7 children are waiting for a CASA volunteer. Research shows that having a CASA advocate means less time in foster care, fewer foster homes and less school transitions for youth.

 

 

The Prairie Plains CASA office provides a home like visitation space for families that have court ordered visitation but do not have safe or appropriate home of their own. “At Matthew's Place, parents can plan and cook meals, do a load of laundry, put a toddler down for nap, or watch a DVD and cuddle with their kids on the couch”.

 

You can read more about Matthew’s Place at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2223261

 

 

 

Project Description

By donating through Big Give McCook, your gifts, both large and small, will help us continue to recruit and train volunteers and will help us continue to provide “Matthew’s Place” as visitation space.  Your gift will be hard at work, making sure each child has a voice....that is heard!

 

Donations raised for Prairie Plains CASA go toward:

 

  • Recruitment and Training volunteers

 

  • Sustaining “Matthew’s Place”

 

  • Insuring children can participate in school activities by providing necessary funds/equipment