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1754 gifts
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Crawford Gives
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44

Crawford County CASA, Inc.

Specific Need

We need support that will enable us to continue to recruit, train and support volunteer advocates so that abused and neglected children are given a voice during the toughest time in their lives.  A CASA child recently stated “I don’t want to be known as the placement kid.”  And we don’t want that for her either, she deserves better, so we will continue to advocate for her.

 

Over the past few years, the number of children entering the child welfare system has increased. Unfortunately, there are more youth that are homeless within our community as a result of parental substance abuse, mental health and incarcerations.  There are  more than 150 children involved in the child welfare system in Crawford County through no fault of their own.

 

As a volunteer-driven organization, CASA is one of the most efficient ways to improve the lives of children involved in the system.   Crawford County CASA wants to bring positive changes to the lives of children who need it the most. Our goal is to Change a Child’s Story by ensuring that abused and neglected children have a voice!

Mission

Crawford County CASA, Inc., under professional leadership, trains and provides citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who are involved in juvenile court proceedings primarily as a result of abuse and/or neglect.  These volunteers conduct an independent investigation, establish working relationships with all involved parties and services, report their findings and recommendations to the court, and help monitor compliance with family service plans and court orders.  Crawford County CASA is dedicated to ensuring that 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 thier needs and wishes. They attended a tconference where they learned about CASA and appoached former President Judge Gordon Miller about bringing CASA to Crawford County. Judge Miller agreed and the process started. In 1994, Crawford County CASA, held it's 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. CASA is appointed by the Court usually by a referral from Children and Youth Services to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children throughout Crawford County. CYS 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. CASA volunteer  provide caseworkers with concerns and important information after visits with their child, or after talking with the family or other professionals, this has been reported as very helpful.   The length of time that a volunteer is assigned to a case varies depending on the child’s situation.

 

We advocate for children from birth to age 21, unless the child elects to stay involved with the child welfare system. We do monitor it on a case by case basis as some of the youth who have turned the age of 18, have a support sytem, plans of attending college and felt that CASA was no longer needed. Even after a childs 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 moving forward if it is their desire.

 

 

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Contact

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

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