Phelps/Harlan County CASA serves children from birth through the age of 19 that are in foster care for abuse or neglect by no fault of their own. Once a petition is filed with the court and that child is under the courts jurisdiction a CASA is appointed to serve that child until case closure. Having a CASA appointed to the child ensures that the child is having a voice in the court system for their best interest, making sure the child is not lingering in the system and that the child is receiving all the necessary services needed to succeed. There is no timeline for children being in the foster care system as every case is different, but we require that a CASA volunteer agree to remain on the case until closure which could take up to 2 years.
How do children benefit from having a CASA?
Decisions are made every day which affect the lives of children in foster care. CASA Volunteers help these decisions to be made more promptly and with greater information and sensitivity to their individual needs. CASA Volunteers work for quicker, better outcomes, and provide children in foster care with the knowledge that there is a community around them who care.
Source: Voices for Children in Nebraska