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 examine 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 the best chance at healing and a brighter future.

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Percent of children with a CASA advocate today

147

Active CASA Advocates for children this year

2,448

Advocacy hours given by CASA Advocates this year

513

Number of children in foster care in Boone & Callaway between Jan 1-Mar 31, 2020

Heart of Missouri CASA Funders and Donors

Virtual Pinwheel Garden

A pinwheel planted for every person who provided a gift during Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2020).

Jaime Freidrichs

Diane Rizzuto Suhler

Paul & Ginny Crabb

Sharon Foster

Cindy Gergen

George Lombardi

Echternach Family

Martha Kelly

Robert Noce

Laura O’Neil

Susan Zamora

Gift in honor of Elizabeth Heidt

Mark Volkmann

Kathy Shramek

Donald Kritzer

Cande Iveson

Joan Sampson

Jerrie Bell

Marilyn Gordon

Sharon Horbyk

Jackson Portell

Susan Glass

Marcia Walker

Krista Rodgers

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