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3188 gifts
Totaling $379,848.84
Crawford Gives
Raised for Local Nonprofits
3188 gifts
Totaling $379,848.84
Raised for Local Nonprofits
3188 gifts
Totaling $379,848.84

Crawford County CASA, Inc.

Goal: $5,000.00

Specific Need

Now more than ever, we are so grateful for the many individuals and businesses who have funded, volunteered, celebrated, and advocated for Crawford County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) through the years. At a time when everything feels uncertain, we find comfort and encouragement knowing that you care about our cause. 

 

Since March, our CASA volunteers have maintained contact with their CASA children. They check in with them by virtual visits (face time), send cards and letters as well as telephone conversations on a monthly basis. Starting in June, some of our volunteers resumed in person visits with safety measures in placed as long as the family and volunteers were comfortable in doing so.  Economic downturns, such as the one we are all experiencing right now, can cause added stress within the home. One of our great concerns is that children are no longer being seen by those who are mandated reporters such as teachers, childcare workers and coaches-- leaving no one to report any concerns for that child who may be experiencing abuse or neglect. This can be a very critical time for our children, so someone checking in on them can make all the difference. 

 

In 2019, Crawford County CASA established the Starfish Fund so that specific donations could be designated for something a CASA child should need or want. Such as school clothes, shoes, hygeine products, prom dresses, dance lessons, sports expenses, or even something as simple as a fan. Children who are placed outside of their home, deserve to have the same opportunities as any other child has or experiences.

 

We know the great challenges everyone feels at this time, and we hope that you can find some peace knowing that our most vulnerable population, the children, are receiving the advocacy they deserve because of your generosity.

 

On behalf of all of us at Crawford County CASA, thank you for being a part of our community. We wish you and your family health, safety, and happiness and want you to know that together, we can overcome all things.

 

Mission

Our Mission

Crawford County CASA trains and provides quality volunteer advocates for children who are involved in juvenile court proceedings as a result of abuse and/or neglect. 


Our Vision
Crawford County CASA envisions that all abused and neglected children have a safe, permanent and nurturing home in the shortest time frame possible.

Profile

 

In 1993, a group of foster parents felt that children in their care needed someone on their side to speak up for their needs and wishes. They came together and attended a conference where they learned about CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and approached former President Judge Gordon Miller about bringing CASA to Crawford County. Judge Miller agreed and the process started. In 1994, Crawford County CASA, held its first volunteer training class and ever since we have provided advocacy for abused and neglected children. There is no other volunteer agency in our community like CASA! 

 

CASA advocates are highly trained, caring individuals who give their time and experience in providing advocacy for children involved in the Juvenile Court System. A CASA is appointed by the Court to represent the best interest of children who have experienced abuse and neglect throughout Crawford County. Children and Youth Service caseworkers have found it valuable to have a CASA volunteer appointed to a case, as it is another set of eyes involved with a family. A CASA volunteer is one more person to support children and provide critical information to the entire team working with that family. The length of time that a volunteer is assigned to a case varies as it depends on the child’s situation but it is usually when the child has obtained permanency whether that be safely returned home, placed with a relative or adopted. 

 

We advocate for children from birth to age 18, unless the child elects to stay involved with the child welfare system until the age of 23. We do monitor it on a case by case basis as some of the youth who have turned the age of 18, may already have a good support system, or have plans of attending college and felt that CASA was no longer needed. Even after a child’s case has closed within the court system and hence with CASA, the positive impact of CASA’s work continues, as they can be a valuable member of a support system for that youth, if they desire as they set out to see what the world has to offer them.

 

 

 

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$9,293.80 received
in 55 gifts
185.88%  of  $5,000.00 Goal

Contact

310 Chestnut St Ste 232
Meadville PA 16335
Phone: (814) 337-4471

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