Advocates are the heart of CASA of Laramie County and without them we would not exist in the community capacity that we do. We realize that not everyone has the availability of time to be a CASA for a child, but may still want to contribute. Donations of time and assistance are needed with fundraisers, becoming a board member, mentoring advocates, general office assistance, assistance with conferences and trainings, donation of food, donation of money, and the list goes on. If you are interested in becoming an advocate in any capacity please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (307) 222-1902. Thank you ahead for your support of CASA.
Necessary knowledge, skills, and other requirements to be a CASA advocate:
Training and Support we provide you:
Although we cannot provide you with monetary rewards, there are many benefits to being a CASA advocate.
These benefits include the opportunity to:
The child that I advocate for has been moved to a treatment center out of the state. He called me on Christmas day because he had nobody else to call.
My CASA child lives with his Great-Grandparents, and great-grandma was recently treated for cancer. They called me because they needed time to rest. I then took the child out to eat. He told me that he really wanted to see a certain movie, but was afraid that he wouldn't get the opportunity to because of how his great-grandma was feeling. I took him to the movie and we had a great time together.
I helped a foster mom transport two of the kids to Denver, so that they could visit their sister who they had not seen in several months. It would not have happened otherwise.
The teenage boy in my case wanted a bicycle so that he could ride it to school rather than walk. His foster parent at the time was unable to buy him one. I was able to get one donated to him.
CASA made it possible for a family of five kids, who are in three different foster homes, to come together so that they could all spend time with one another.
As CASAs, we were shocked to learn that our sixteen year old girl would not get assistance with learning how to drive because of the liability to the State. We taught her using our own vehicle and insurance. She now has a license and a car.
When I talked to the Mother in my case, she was excited that her kids were going to come home, but she expressed disappointment because she did not have beds for them. I was able to acquire and give her a bunk-bed set so that they had their own beds to sleep in.
The child that I advocate for is too young to express her wishes. When talk started happening of moving her to a relatives house who I knew wouldn't be safe, I stood up and spoke for her. She is currently still with the only family that she has ever known, and will soon be adopted by them.
"We act as a third arm for the judge
to know what's going on. We have
no private agenda except the best
interest of the child."
- Quote from a CASA advocate
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