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New CASA executive director hopes to double number of volunteers

New CASA Executive Director hopes to double number of volunteers

September 2, 2020

Gerry Hill first came to understand the value of Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA volunteers, during his last six years working for Child Protective Services. CASA of Lewis & Clark and Broadwater Counties is a nonprofit providing volunteer guardians working on behalf of neglected children as they seek safe permanent homes. Hill became the executive director of the organization abo

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COVID-19 Update from CASA Board

COVID-19 Update from CASA Board

July 1, 2020

Hello CASA friends and partners, As Montana slowly moves toward reopening, the CASA team has been hard at work to prepare our office and our policies to adapt and assure that our team, our volunteers, and our visitors can be safe while we continue to do the important work of advocating for children. Your CASA staff and board have been working together, in partnership with state and national CAS

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Judge Reynolds swears in new CASA volunteers

Judge Reynolds swears in new CASA volunteers

June 28, 2019

On June 7 and 14, the Honorable Judge Reynolds swore in 14 new volunteers (and one staff member) as CASA volunteers — court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children.

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Sommers hired to direct Montana CASA/GAL

New Montana CASA/GAL Director

May 31, 2019

April Sommers of Missoula has been hired as executive director of Montana CASA/GAL. The Montana CASA/GAL Association advocates for children in foster care across the state. The state office will be moved from Billings to Missoula.

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New CASA volunteers sworn in

New CASA volunteers sworn in

May 25, 2018

The honorable Judge James Reynolds swore in 17 new CASA volunteers — court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children — on May 3.

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CASA Honors Volunteers

CASA Honors Volunteers

June 16, 2017

CASA recently hosted the 6th Annual Light of Hope Benefit in April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Light of Hope celebrates the service of CASA volunteers and partners working to give hope to abused and neglected children.

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New Advocates Sworn in

New Advocates Sworn in

July 8, 2016

Helena, Montana. On Thursday June 30th, 2016 the Honorable Judge Reynolds swore in 7 new volunteers as CASA volunteers—court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. Family and friends gathered in the courthouse to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to advocate for the best interest of the child. The newly appointed CASA volunteers join 50 other dedicated co

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Children in Crisis: Missoula, state rapple with increasing child abuse cases

Children in Crisis

May 21, 2016

There's a sense of helplessness surrounding the rise in child abuse and neglect cases in Missoula and across the state.

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Helenans Honored by CASA of Montana

CASA of Montana Awards

May 16, 2016

Every year, CASA of Montana recognizes outstanding people...

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 Making Your Mark: Ben and Lena Havron honored as Foster Parents of the Year

Foster Parents of the Year

April 23, 2016

Ben and Lena Havron were the surprised recipients of a co-Foster Parents of the Year Award...

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Rise in child abuse cases alarms Montana officials

March 9, 2016

Child abuse and neglect cases in Montana's district courts have more than doubled since 2010, prompting renewed alarm from court officials and children's advocates.

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Making Your Mark: Volunteer speaks up for children in broken families

John Weida may be doing some of his most meaningful work now that he’s retired...

November 15, 2015

HELENA — John Weida may be doing some of his most meaningful work now that he’s retired. In his 71 years, he’s spent 17 of them working in a chemical dependency unit at the Montana State Hospital in Galen. He gave another 13 years to the state Department of Labor and Industry where he focused his attention on injured workers and insurance companies. But since 1991, before

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