It is the mission of the Capital City CASA program to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children and youth within the 19th Judicial Circuit of Missouri based on the belief that children are entitled to a safe and permanent home. The mission will be accomplished through screened, trained, and qualified community court-appointed volunteers.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates
CASA volunteers are everyday people committed to making a difference for abused and neglected children in Cole County who might otherwise slip through the cracks of an overburdened foster care system. They are appointed by the judge to guide one child or sibling group through the system to safe, permanent and nurturing homes.
Because CASA volunteers serve on one case at a time, they truly get to know the child and can give each case the sustained, personal attention it deserves.
The CASA Difference. A child with a CASA:
- More likely to find a forever home
- Spends Less time in foster care
- More likely to receive court order services
- More likely to succeed in school
We advocate for abused and neglected children in Cole County’s Court.
Annually, Capital City CASA advocates for over 200 foster children from Cole County. Approximately half will never go home. They need you to be the voice in their life and advocate for their best interest.
Become A Volunteer
You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children.