Recruit, train, and support a diverse network of Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers to provide abused and neglected children in our community with quality advocacy in the Hancock County court system and to secure them a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.
50 cents per day can help a child be safe.
Become an Everyday Hero! CASA volunteers are everyday citizens that are appointed by a judge to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. What does it mean to be a CASA volunteer? Becoming a CASA volunteer is an investment of time, energy and heart. Volunteers are required to go through screening and training. They are the “eyes and the ears” of the Court in this complex cases of child abuse and neglect. Exactly what does a CASA volunteer do? The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to: Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives. Document findings: Provide written reports at court hearings. Appear in court: Advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary. "Be the glue": Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children's lives. As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system. Recommend services: Ensure that the children and their family are … [Read More...]
CASA of Hancock County celebrated the induction of 15 new volunteers on February 20 at the Leo Seals Center in Waveland. Youth Court Judge Elise Deano swore in the volunteers after applauding their decision to go through the necessary screening and training to become Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA’s newest volunteers were administered an oath…[Read More...]
CASA of Hancock County held its 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, February 1st at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall. The event raised over $24,000 to support the continued child advocacy efforts of children, who through no fault of their own, are in foster care as a result of abuse and/or neglect….[Read More...]
With over 385 children currently in the custody of DHS in Hancock County, CASA has an enormous challenge ahead. Currently, the CASA program in Hancock has 30 trained volunteers who are actively advocating for 67 families. While our existing volunteers are making great strides with the families they are currently assigned to, we continue to…[Read More...]