Southeast CASA

Become a member of “Champions for Children”, our monthly giving program! Sign up to give a gift that will help abused and neglected children each and every month of the year! It’s easy! You choose how much you want to donate each month, and complete the Champions for Children form, and Southeast CASA will get you enrolled! For the cost of a coffee or a meal each month, YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.

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$5/mo. provides a CASA volunteer with a training manual.

$20/mo. provides a CASA child with two visits each month with their CASA volunteer advocate.

$50/mo. provides a CASA child with a voice in court: his or her CASA volunteer advocate and a CASA Case Manager .

$75/mo. provides a CASA child with a CASA volunteer advocate for a year.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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Abused children are victims…CASA helps them become just children again.

The Southeast Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program seeks to promote and protect the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained CASA volunteers. One CASA volunteer appointed for every qualifying child, giving them a voice in their future.

CASA does this advocacy work because no child should be invisible or unheard when decisions are being made about his or her permanent home.

83% of the kids we advocate for are under the age of five. The younger a child is the more vulnerable he or she is to abuse or neglect.

In 70% of the cases we have had, the parents made the improvements they needed to do in order to have their children returned to their custody. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, and is critically important that those children are placed in a safe, permanent home in which they can grow up. This may be with a relative serving as the guardian, or through adoption. The important thing is that the child will be in a safe and nurturing “forever” home.

Southeast CASA needs your help to provide child advocacy services to the abused and neglected children from Yankton, Clay, and Bon Homme counties who have been placed in foster care.

Our local Court-Appointed Special Advocates program provides highly-trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children while they are involved in the foster care and family court systems. Recruiting and training a CASA volunteer costs $500. A CASA case usually lasts for 11 months. Case management services during a CASA child’s case costs an average of $950. That is about the same as ONE MONTH of foster care! CASA advocacy can often reduce the time a child needs to spend in foster care, saving taxpayer dollars.

Children receiving CASA advocacy services are less likely to re-enter foster care, have better school attendance, do better in school, are involved in more activities, develop better social skills, receive more services while in foster care, and are less likely to repeat the cycle of abuse and neglect with their own families some day.

Southeast CASA needs your support to ensure that these kids will have a brighter future! Please go to our Donation Page to find the donation information.

Your contribution is tax-deductible, and 100% of your donation stays right here in this CASA program to help the kids in Yankton, Clay, and Bon Homme counties. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Help Us Reach Every Child

We want every abused and neglected child to have a CASA volunteer while he or she is involved with the foster care and court systems. We can reach them with your help.

A CASA volunteer will be a voice in court to ensure that the child’s best interests are at the forefront of all decision-making in their case.

You can help us in this quest by becoming a CASA volunteer yourself, by providing crucial financial support, or by serving on our Board of Directors.

CASA is one place where a single individual—you—can make all the difference.

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