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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Douglas County CASA plays a major role in protecting children in protective custody due to abuse or neglect. CASA stands for court appointed special advocate, and the organization’s volunteers are vital. “Our volunteers play a huge role in helping these children in foster care find a safe, permanent home,” said executive director Diana Frederick.
CASA volunteers are specially trained to advocate for the best interest of children from birth to age 18 in protective care. Volunteers must see the child or sibling group at least once a month and also network with people in the child’s life. “Our CASA volunteers provide crucial information regarding the child’s educational and medical needs and even the permanency plans,” Diana said.
Currently, 85 children are waiting for a CASA volunteer in Douglas County. And a large quilt hanging in the CASA office shows the impact a person can have on a child’s life. “It’s a great representation of how CASA volunteers literally and figuratively hold the hand of the child they’re assigned to during their journey to a safe, loving, and permanent home,” Diana said.
To learn more about Douglas County CASA, visit https://dccasa.org.