ABOUT CASA

Our purpose is to help children find a safe, permanent home.

OUR MISSION

OUR VISION

The mission of 22nd Judicial District CASA is to utilize community volunteers to advocate for safe and permanent homes for children and to ensure their needs are addressed while they are wards of the juvenile court, as provided in Title 10 A, of Oklahoma Statutes.

Every abused and neglected child has a CASA volunteer appointed to represent his/her best interests.

 

 

When abused or neglected children enter into the juvenile court and foster care system, they do it virtually alone. In 1977, a Judge in Seattle, Washington, noticed that when he looked out over all the people presenting information to him when he heard a case of an abused child, one critical voice was missing. There was no one there whose sole focus was the best interests of the child. In times of fiscal constraints and agency politics, who better to get that information from than a trained community volunteer? Hence the birth of the CASA movement.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers who represents the best interests of abused and neglected children who are wards of the juvenile court. After being screened and trained, a CASA is appointed to a child or sibling group. Through his or her court order, the CASA researches the case, talks to the child and involved parties and professionals, advocates for needed services and timely decisions, and submits written recommendations to the court.

 

22nd Judicial District CASA serves the children of Pontotoc, Hughes, and Seminole Counties. Find out more on how you can volunteer, just click here.

67 children

served in FY2020

33 volunteers

in FY2020

OUR VALUES

"CASA is an invaluable organization that provides the Court and children with an unquantifiable positive impact in every case.”

Oklahoma Judge, 2018 Survey

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22nd Judicial District CASA complies with applicable Federal Civil Rights Laws and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, military service or lack of military service, religious affiliations or belief, or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.