Contributions enable us to advocate for the best interests of the abused and neglected children in Yankton County by providing highly-trained CASA volunteer advocates for them while they are in the foster care and family court systems. The goal of this advocacy is to ensure that each child we serve can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.
The Southeast CASA Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and all contributions to the Southeast CASA Program are tax-deductible. The average cost of training and providing a CASA volunteer for each of these sibling groups is $950.
With tightly-stretched resources, our team of volunteers and one part-time employee are challenged to sustain CASA’s crucial child advocacy services. We need your help to fulfill our mission to promote and protect the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through advocacy efforts of trained volunteers. These children deserve a save, permanent home in which they can thrive.
The future of each child depends upon the decision of a judge. That judge needs as much information about the child and its family as possible in order to make the most knowledgeable decision as to where the child should be permanently placed. Ideally, the parents have made the improvements needed to regain custody of their child. If not, the judge needs to know what has been happening and how those actions impact their ability to parent. A CASA volunteer gets to know the child and the family, and submits a report to the judge with his/her findings. This information helps the judge to have a complete picture of the family before a decision on permanency is made.