About How We Help

Our Vision

To grow, strengthen, and unite local CASA team members so we can ensure that every abused and/or neglected child has access to the service and support of a CASA volunteer in Phelps and Harlan Counties.

Our Mission

Is to advocate through the court system for the best interest of children identified as being abused and neglected. We strive to insure a safe, secure, and nurturing home for each child. We are committed to quality service of the CASA program to ensure quality volunteerism.

Who We Help

Phelps/Harlan Child Welfare Statistics at a Glance:
The Nebraska Department of Children & Family Services believes that no child should grow up in foster care. We agree. We must work together to achieving timely permanency, while keeping the safety of our children in the forefront of everything that we do. Your support will help to change these FY2019 statistics about our children.

January 1, 2019 – December 21, 2019

  • 55 = Children Served
  • 18 = Cases Closed
    • 9 = Adoption
    • 3 = Reunification
    • 5 = Guardianship
    • 1 = Other
  • 22 = # of Active Volunteers
  • 7 = # of New Volunteers
  • 6,749 = Miles driven
  • 779 = Hours

What is a CASA Advocate?

CASAs are objective, community volunteers who are not part of the child welfare system, who focus their efforts solely on gathering information and making recommendations regarding children in abuse, neglect, or dependency cases– who would otherwise have no voice. Volunteers are carefully screened and are very well trained; they receive a minimum 30 hours of initial training and 12 hours of ongoing training each year.

How We Help

CASA volunteers monitor the child’s situation while they are in foster care to make sure they are safe and to make sure their psychological, physical, educational and other needs are met. Volunteers are often the only constant the child knows as he/she moves through the labyrinth of the child welfare system. When a CASA volunteer accepts a case, they must agree to stay with it until the child has a safe, permanent home. Because volunteers carry only 1 or 2 cases at a time and are assigned to each case for its life, they typically have a depth and breadth of information that other parties may not have.