What is CASA
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the 3rd Judicial District, Inc., help provide a voice for children who have been abused or neglected. CASA volunteers are individuals from all walks of life who speak up for a child’s best interests in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a real difference at a critical turning point in the child’s life. A CASA volunteer gets to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in their daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. As a volunteer, you commit to represent a child’s best interests while they are in care. CASA of the 16th serves children in Stone, Izard, Fulton, Independence and Cleburne Counties in Arkansas. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and are governed by a board of directors.
Our mission is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. We promote and support quality volunteer representation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to live in a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.
Our purpose is to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers who are available for appointment by a juvenile court judge on complex abuse and neglect cases that are active in juvenile court. The program strives to help move children more quickly through the court system to safe, permanent placements. Child advocates stay with each case until it is closed (twelve – eighteen months) and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
WE SERVE THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES