EVERY CHILD HAS A CHANCE – IT’S YOU.

I AM FOR THE CHILD.

I am for the child who lived in motels, cars and shelters. The child who now stands in the entryway of a group foster home. Clutching a makeshift suitcase. A garbage bag. That is the child I am for. And because I am, he will be half as likely to languish in foster care, and that much more likely to find a safe, permanent home. I am a volunteer child advocate.
I am you.

Advocate Of The Month

A leader who truly perform a labor of love each day to ensure the best interests of all the children and teens in our community.

Karrie Whalen Goodman.

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility.

Karrie Whalen Goodman began her journey with CASA as an advocate in 2006. After three years of advocating, she served six years as the Executive Director of CASA of Clark & Pike Counties. In 2016, Karrie left her position at CASA and was hired by Clark County Juvenile Services. Although her employment may have ended with CASA, her service has not! Karrie has continued to serve as a CASA advocate for Pike County, Arkansas. Over the past year, Karrie has served eight children with CASA and hundreds of others in all the years prior.

Karrie’s job doesn’t stop there! She has served on our local school board for many years and is an active community member. But most importantly, Karrie is a loving wife to her best friend, David, and a mother to two amazing kids!

Help us recognize and thank Karrie for her years of service with CASA and to our community!

VOLUNTEER

CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks of an overburdened foster care system. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to help ensure that every child in foster care is moved to a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research case records and interview each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, in school, and in agency meetings. CASA’s independent evaluations allow the court to make better informed decisions.

Every Child Has A Chance - It's You!

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BECOME AN ADVOCATE

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How Do I Become an Advocate?

How Do I Become an Advocate?

  1. Contact the CASA office to set up an interview:  870.230.1450
  2. Complete an application and all other required forms
  3. Provide three (3) personal/professional references
  4. Complete a CPS background check
  5. Complete a criminal background check
  6. Complete 30 hours of pre-service training through the National CASA curriculum
  7. Complete courtroom and staffing observations
  8. Be available for court appearances, with advance notice

Requirements Include:

  • Must be 21 years old
  • Be willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references and participate

Clark and Pike Counties CASA works with children that are victims of child abuse and neglect and have been placed in the foster care system.  CASA advocates become the voice in court for these children in order to find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.  Hopefully, that means the children can return home, but many times, that is not the outcome and an alternative placement has to be found.  Those placement options can include placement with a fit and willing relative.

Exactly what does a CASA advocate do?

CASA advocates are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.  The primary responsibilities of a CASA advocate are to:

  • Gather information:  Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
  • Document findings:  provide written reports to the courts to present as evidence.
  • Appear in court:  Advocate for the child’s best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
  • Communicate with the child:  Explain to the child (age appropriate) what is going on in the child’s case.
  • Collaboration:  Work with individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives to come up with solutions to the issues that the child is facing.
  • Make Informed Recommendations:  Make sure the children and their family are receiving and benefitting from appropriate services and to advocate for additional services when needed.  CASA advocates “paint a picture” for the courts of what is going on specifically with the child.  They bring focus to the needs of each child and address concerns and make recommendations involving the child’s health, education, mental health, placements, etc.
  • Monitor court orders and case plans:  Monitor all court orders to make sure the parties in the case are in compliance with the courts findings.  Monitor the case plans to ensure that they being implemented and are being followed.
  • Keep the court informed:  Update the court through court reports and testimony of the progress or the lack of progress toward the goals in the case.
What type of support will I have from CASA staff ?

We are with you every step of the way!  Your CASA Supervisor attends every court hearing with you and walks with you throughout your case.  CASA provides numerous opportunities throughout the year for continuing education through monthly staff meetings, case reviews, yearly state conferences with the Arkansas State CASA Association, training offered through the National CASA Association and support through our Facebook community.  All CASA Staff members are available to assist you anytime you need it!

Any Other question? You can Contact Us

CASA volunteers help thousands of neglected or abused children in our community get out of foster care into happy homes. CASA volunteer advocates are ordinary people, just like you, with an extraordinary desire to help a child find a place to call home. If you can commit about 10 hours each month to advocate on behalf of a child, then you’re ready to become a CASA volunteer. After completing a training course, you’ll be appointed by a judge to one foster care case involving a child or set of siblings dealing with the issues of abuse and neglect.

CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in his or her daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. You spend a significant amount of time with the child, gaining his or her trust.

CASA volunteers use the information gathered to report to the judge, advocating for the child’s needs while in the foster care system. As a volunteer, you commit to representing a child’s best interests until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.

Children a day are removed from their home and enter the foster care system

Children aged out of the system in 2016 without finding a home.

CASA volunteers served 27,953 of the 48,795 children in foster care in 2016

READY TO SPEAK UP?

CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks of an overburdened foster care system.

COMMIT

The satisfaction of knowing that a personal commitment directly benefits an abused or neglected child and helps to make a difference in his or her life.

COMMUNICATE

The opportunity to hold a position of responsibility, to work with other professionals in the community, and broaden one’s horizons.

EDUCATION

The opportunity to become educated about and experienced in the field of child abuse and neglect, child advocacy, law and courtroom procedures in the juvenile and domestic relations court.

INVEST

The opportunity to contribute a service that directly benefits the local community by helping children to grow up as productive members of society.

Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life

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Fax: (870) 230-1166
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