What is your organization’s mission statement?
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County’s mission is to provide a powerful and consistent voice in court for the innocent child victims of abuse and neglect. CASA of Franklin County’s vision is to ensure that every abused and neglected child has a voice in court in order to make a positive impact on the child and community.
What population do you serve?
CASA advocates for abused and neglected children by providing them with a voice in the juvenile court system. CASA recruits, screens, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
How many do you serve in a year?
In 2014, CASA of Franklin County was on track to serve over 800 children who have been severely abused and neglected.
What region or area do you provide services in?
We serve children in Frankin County, Ohio.
How and when did the organization get started?
In 1977, a Seattle Juvenile Court Judge found himself faced with making life changing placement decisions about children he knew very little about. He never felt confident he had their entire story, and was deeply concerned about what might happen if he made the “wrong” decision. Out of this concern grew the idea for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA of Franklin County was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer based program and has steadily grown. Today, approximately 300,000 children in 49 states are served by trained CASA volunteers.
How many employees do you have?
We have 11 employees.
How do your programs or services help the community?
Each day in Franklin County, innocent children are removed from their homes when their parents fail to protect and care for them. CASA provides the link between concerned community volunteers and the abused and neglected children in need of a powerful voice to speak up for their best interest. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to help ensure that the children receive appropriate services and treatment by independently monitoring a child’s situation, identifying community resources and participating in the court process.
Guardian ad Litem:
A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is an adult who is appointed by a judge to serve on cases of child abuse, neglect, and/or dependency. CASA provides all of the training needed by volunteers who want to fill this GAL role in order to help children. Every day abused and neglected children enter an overwhelming court system where judges and magistrates must make decisions that will determine their future. CASA volunteers fill a vital role by thoroughly researching each child’s case and advocating for the child’s best interest in court. People of all ages and walks of life serve as CASA volunteers.
Name: Kevin Greenwood
373 South High St
Columbus, OH 43215