Southeast Nebraska CASA
Southeast Nebraska CASA recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the Seward, Saline, Thayer, Jefferson and Gage County court system.
CASA is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.
How to become a CASA volunteer
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are well-trained and speak in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. These children are in court due to no fault of their own. All of the children are victims of abuse and neglect.
CASA volunteers are appointed to a case by the judge. The volunteer's goal is to provide a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child's future. Each home placement case is as unique as the child involved. The CASA volunteer researches the child's best interests to stay with his or her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, or permanent adoption. The CASA volunteer makes a recommendation on placement and follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved. CASA volunteers are often the only stable factor in an often frightening and difficult ordeal for a child.
Be the voice for a child.
912 Nebraskans volunteered as advocates for children in 2019.
2,031 Nebraska children had a CASA volunteer in 2019.
295 NEW volunteers were recruited, screened, trained and sworn in by a judge in 2019.
Although CASA serves more children each year, there are still 2,000 children without an advocate.
The average annual CASA program cost per child served is $1,013.
21 local CASA programs are currently serving 52 counties in Nebraska.
CASA has been in Nebraska for over 30 years!
Your donations go directly to help Southeast Nebraska CASA serve the needs of abused and neglected children.
Southeast Nebraska CASA is a 501(c)(3), and your donations are tax deductible.