Our core program provides trained community volunteers to advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children in Cole County. We recruit, train and support our volunteer advocates to provide them with the resources they need to effectively speak for the children they represent. Our volunteer advocates are sworn in by Cole County’s Juvenile Court Judge and work with their assigned child’s foster parents, family, teachers, social workers, lawyers, doctors, counselors and others to provide an informed recommendation to the Juvenile Court Judge about what is in the child’s best interest. At any given time, Capital City CASA advocates for more than 100 children in our community, providing them with a consistent and compassionate face as they go through the foster care system.
Court Room Therapy Dog
For a child to appear in court as others decide their future for them is intimidating and overwhelming. Our therapy dog program provides a trained canine to give Cole County’s foster youth a sense of calm and safety in the court room. Our dog, Olive, was a rescue dog who appears in court every juvenile court day and in other proceedings involving foster youth. Olive is well-behaved, loving and calm, encouraging a feeling of security for traumatized children in our community. Over the past three years Olive has provided dozens of foster youth a friend in the court room.
CASA Angel Fund
At Capital City CASA we believe foster children need and deserve what any child needs, opportunity. The opportunity to play sports, take music, enjoy swimming or dance lessons. The opportunity to get assistance if they fall behind in school. In short, the opportunity to be a child. Unfortunately, by no fault of their own, foster children rarely are in circumstances where funds are available to help them access the opportunities they need. Our Angel Fund program was created to help provide CASA-served children with the resources necessary to thrive.
No More Trash Bags Initiative:
Foster children enter the system without notice, often having only minutes to pack their belongings before being rushed out of their homes. With such limited time, social workers help children pack their things in whatever is available — which all too often is a standard black trash bag. Through the initiative CASA provides luggage so when children leave their home or change foster homes, they leave without the indignity of having their belongings in trash bags.