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When an Abuse or Neglect court case begins, the courtroom is crowded with a judge, a representative from the social services agency, the biological parents, and attorneys. The child or children do not attend any of the court hearings. Even though the child should be the priority in the room, the judges, caseworkers and attorneys who determine the child’s future simply do not have adequate time to understand the specific needs of each and every child. That's where CASA comes in...The Court-Appointed Special Advocate receives a Court-Order to become the advocate for the child or children in a specific case, attending all hearings and having access to all information regarding the case.

By speaking for the child, CASA ensures that the needs of the child are at the forefront when any decisions are made by the Court regarding the child.

As one local judge said, "The CASA volunteer is the eyes and ears of the Court, providing the information needed to ensure a safe, permanent home is determined for the child."

CASA Founder Judge David W. Soukup

Southeast CASA's Advocates

  • A Court-Appointed Special Advocate for a Child
    A Court-Appointed Special Advocate for a Child

    After completing their training, these CASA volunteers were sworn in by the judge. They are eligible to be appointed as the CASA advocate for abused and neglected children in our service area, which includes Yankton, Clay, Bon Homme, and Union counties.

  • John L. a long time CASA Volunteer and now Board member
    John L. a long time CASA Volunteer and now Board member

    Southeast CASA volunteer, John L., reviews his notes before attending a court hearing for the CASA child for which he advocates.

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First Dakota National Bank
    First Dakota National Bank
  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

  • Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • 9th street Clothing Co.
    9th street Clothing Co.
  • Cortrust Bank
    Cortrust Bank
  • Olson's Pest Technician
    Olson's Pest Technician
  • Marlow Woodward & Huff, LLC
    Marlow Woodward & Huff, LLC
  • Bauman & Borowski Dentistry
    Bauman & Borowski Dentistry
  • Midco
  • Optimistis
  • Sertoma
  • That's a VIBE CO.
    That's a VIBE CO.
  • Hydro