New Volunteer Training


Please contact us by January 13th, 2020 at 573-442-4670, we would love to speak more about becoming a CASA volunteer or click the ‘Learn More’ button below to find out more.

Upcoming Training:

1/16/2020: Training Kick-off 5:30 – 6:30pm
1/23/2020: In-person Session 1: 5:30 – 8:30pm
1/30/2020: In-person Session 2: 5:30 – 8:30pm
2/6/2020: In-person Session 3: 5:30 – 8:30pm
2/13/2020: In-person Session 4: 5:30 – 8:30pm
2/20/2020: In-person Session 5: 5:30 – 8:30pm

Training is made up of 15 hours in-person and 15 hours online. All online work is completed in between the in-person sessions.

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What We Do

Heart of Missouri CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) believes that all children have the right to safe, healthy, stable homes, free from abuse and neglect. A CASA volunteer, serving as a court-appointed advocate, is trained to promote and pursue the best interest of an abuse or neglected child in court, and prevents the child from getting lost in the system by being sensitive to the child’s needs and presenting these needs in court.

The role of the CASA volunteer in a child abuse or neglect case is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the case, make an independent evaluation with recommendations regarding actions the CASA believes are in the child’s best interest- both short and long term, and to monitor the case until a permanent placement is achieved. Through these advocacy efforts, CASA is working with the Court to ensure that every child has a chance for a brighter future.

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658 children passed through the 13th Judicial Circuit’s (Boone and Callaway counties) system in 2018 (Missouri Children’s Division Annual Report).

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Children in foster care spend an average of 22 months in the system (Fostering Court Improvement, 2018).

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On average each one of those children will change homes 5 times (Missouri Children’s Division Annual Report).

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One year of CASA advocacy costs less than one month of foster care (National CASA data, 2016).

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Children with a CASA volunteer spend two months less in foster care, on average, than children without a CASA (National CASA, 2019).

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The average child with a Heart of Missouri CASA volunteer will change homes only 4 times (CASA Manager data, 2015).

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Children with a Heart of Missouri CASA are more likely to find a safe, permanent home (Fostering Court Improvement, 2018 Annual Report of Court Performance Measures and HOMCASA data, 2018).

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Children with a CASA are half as likely to re-enter foster care (National CASA data, 2015).

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Children with a CASA are more likely to receive more services and succeed in school (National CASA data, 2015).

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