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664 children passed through the 13th Judicial Circuit’s (Boone and Callaway County) system in 2015 (Fostering Court Improvement, 2015 Annual Report of Court Performance Measures).

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The average Missouri child will spend 24 months in foster care (Kids Count data, 2014).

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On average each one of those children will change homes 5 times (Kids Count data, 2014).

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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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The average child with a Heart of Missouri CASA volunteer will spend only 18 months in foster care (CASA Manager data, 2015).

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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, 2015 Annual Report of Court Performance Measures and CASA Manager data, 2015).

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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 succeed in school (National CASA data, 2015).

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Give the gift of hope to an abused or neglected child in Boone or Callaway County. Heart of Missouri CASA needs $25.00 per hour, or $2,500 per child per year, to provide quality advocacy for children in foster care.

Volunteer


As a CASA advocate you work directly with children advocating for their best interest in Court and in the community.

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Help raise funds, friends and awareness for Heart of Missouri CASA’s critical advocacy.

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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