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.
The Capital City CASA Program envisions that all Cole County children have safe, permanent homes free of abuse and neglect. To achieve that vision, the Capital City CASA Program will work to ensure that the CASA program is sustained by highly trained CASA volunteers.
To provide a consistent experience in a safe environment for children, family members, and advocates, providing hope while collaborating with our partners and the broader community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
The Capital City CASA program is committed to fulfilling its mission to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Cole County, Missouri. To best serve Cole County’s children, we need to understand, respect, and celebrate diversity, including race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and the presence of a sensory, mental, or physical disability. We also value diversity of viewpoints, life experiences, talents, and ideas. We acknowledge the existence of implicit bias and take steps to minimize and/or eliminate implicit bias.
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.