CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
CASA Volunteer Advocates are trained citizens who are appointed by the court to support children who are victims of abuse and neglect. They assist in the implementation of any plan prescribed by the court. The Volunteer Advocates identify resources and services a child needs and facilitates a relationship that encourages collaboration between all parties involved in the case to help ensure the needs of the child are met. They appear at court hearings to be available for direct testimony in the case.
CASA has been in Nebraska for 32 years. SENCA assumed the Otoe County CASA program in September 2016. This is one of 22 CASA programs that serve 48 Nebraska counties. In 2018, 2,046 Nebraska children were served by 824 CASA volunteers. This is a 62% increase of abused and neglected children being served since 2010.
Children benefit from the CASA Program. A child with a CASA Volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home. They are more likely to be adopted, half as likely to re-enter foster care, and substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care. A Volunteer gives the child a consistent, responsible adult presence. Volunteers spend significantly more time with the child than a paid guardian ad litem.
SENCA CASA serves the counties of Otoe, Nemaha, Richardson and Pawnee. Debbie Green serves as CASA Coordinator.
Click here to view our program brochure. If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate please contact our CASA office at:
111 N. 11th Street
Nebraska City, NE