This Year's Project: 2020 Goals
About Our Organization
The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program helps fulfill societys obligation to children through trained citizen volunteers who advocate for a foster childs 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 childs 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 23 volunteers advocating for 26 children. 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 Matthews 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
Current Project: 2020 Goals
Expand our services to better serve youth who are aging out of the Foster Care system by helping them develop independent living skills.
Continue to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children in our communities.
Continue to maintain Matthew's Place, a visitation space for these children to have a safe homelike setting for supervised visitations with their parents.