As an officer of the court you have the right to request confidential records pertaining to your case child and their parents. This includes educational, psychological, medical, and criminal records. Below are templates and tools to assist you in gathering those records. Work with your case team before gathering records to insure no duplication of requests.
Below is a link to Jefferson City Public Schools' (JCPS) staff directory. Open the link, select the school of the child (under drop down menu "Building") and then send an email to the secretary listed for the child's school with your court order and request letter attached.
Below is a link to the Department of Corrections offenders database. Press on the link and follow the instructions to find the records for past and current inmates of the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Note: On these records you will see listed the probation or parole officers name, if assigned. Contact the probation/parole officer to request the terms of probation/parole and to document the compliance of offender with those terms.
From time to time record providers will request a Release of Information (ROI) be signed by the parent before the provider will release the records and/or speak to the CASA. Use the forms below as templates.
YMCA Memberships/Programs- Foster youth have access to free YMCA memberships and program offerings through Jefferson City Area YMCA. To access these programs complete the below form and email to Nikki@capitalcitycasa.org
JC Parks & Recreation- Foster youth receive access to many Jefferson City Parks and Rec programs at no cost. To register please have your assigned child's caseworker or placement provider complete the form below and email to Jennifer Perkins of Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (Jennifer@mofosteradopt.com).
Provides one-on-one mentoring for ages 6-18. The program offers both school-based and community-based mentoring.
CMFCAA Transitions Program: Phone: 573.298.0258
The Transitions program is geared towards foster, adopted, guardianship and kinship older youth who are in their senior year of high school. The program is designed to help youth complete high school, improve life skills, and pursue milestones with the help of a one-on-one mentor.
ABLE Learning: Phone: 573.659.3122 Address: 204 E Dunklin St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 Website: ablelearningcenter.com Student must be over the age of 16 and no longer enrolled with JCPS to be eligible for the HiSet study program.
Court can be an intimidating and potentially re-traumatizing event for foster youth. As a CASA, often the only constant face in the child's case, you can help your case child feel more secure and reassured about court by arming them with stress relieving techniques and knowledge of what they will face.
Below are some resources to help guide you in preparing your CASA child for court.