The vocation of every man and woman is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy

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CASA of Oklahoma County

In nonprofits on August 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

Serving as a CASA for children who are in DHS custody due to caretaker abuse or neglect is difficult and frustrating. In many cases there are few good options for stability during children’s time with DHS. I have been on my first case for only 45 days and because of these challenges I am sure that this will be a defining role in my life. It is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children and I am thankful to be involved.

As a CASA I meet with everyone involved in the case including children, parents, social workers, therapists, foster parents, shelter workers, teachers, attorneys and other family members. I keep track of how the children are doing and advocate for their well being. This might mean making recommendations about their placement, schooling, therapy or parent’s treatment. The ultimate responsibility is helping the court to decide if and when they will be returned to their home of origin.

These children need more foster parents and they need more people to serve as CASA. To find out more about volunteering please visit the CASA of Oklahoma County website.

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