It matters to children when someone stands up for them in court. This is especially true in dependent neglect trials when parents are not necessarily a source of stability or support for their children. Abused and neglected children in Montana need caring and committed adults who are trained to represent their best interests.
CASA advocates receive thirty hours of initial training, plus twelve additional hours a year in monthly trainings, readings and related opportunities. Advocates also have ongoing, one-on-one supervision and group supervision to assist with the technical steps of helping these children. Every advocate is trained in the special needs of abused and neglected children, courtroom procedures, social services and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
The children with whom CASA works are victims of child abuse and neglect. Many of them are in foster care. They need a “voice in court” in order to find a safe, permanent home quickly whether that means returning to a parent or being adopted. The CASA/GAL advocate provides that voice, sharing with the court both what the child wants and a recommendation about what is in that child’s best interest. It is valuable work that requires the commitment of your time, your energy, and your hear
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