What is CASA?

It is the mission of the Capital City CASA to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected Children with the 19th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, based on the belief that all children are entitled to a safe and permanent home. Our  mission is accomplished through trained volunteers in cooperation with the courts, key agencies, legal counsel and community resources.

CASA stands for court appointed special advocates

We see news stories every day about children taken from an abusive home, or because of the tragic loss of a parent due to illness, violence or incarceration. We assume there must be a program or “system” that will take care of these children and make sure they are treated with dignity, given a safe place to live, so they can recover from their hardship and be a child again.

But there is a story behind the story that few people speak about. It is the story of overburdened foster care and child welfare systems that – though full of well-intentioned and deeply committed people – cannot begin to meet the needs of the more than 200 children in foster care in Cole County.

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