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CASA of Leavenworth County, Inc.
520 S. 4th Street, P.O. Box 429
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

Phone: 913-651-6440
Fax: 913-682-6759

Hours of service:
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Description of Service:

CASA of Leavenworth recruits and trains volunteers who want to help their community's children. They serve as tools for judges and work as appointed officers of the court alongside attorneys and social workers. CASA volunteers are assigned court cases by the Juvenile Judge and are assigned only one or two cases at a time. Once appointed, they gather information, review printed records and reports, interview parents, therapists, teachers, neighbors, and most significantly, the children. They are independent, objective observers and attend all court hearings related to their child's case. They make written reports to the court, make recommendations to the judge and may be called upon to testify on the child's behalf. Their primary duty is to become "a voice" for the child or children to whom they are assigned and speak to the "best interest" of the child based on their investigation and fact gathering and primarily with their association with the child. Most of the children are victims of child abuse or neglect. CASAs can also be assigned to Juvenile Offenders and serve in the same way as with younger children. If court ordered, CASAs also provide supervised visitation for families in the court system. CASA programs in Kansas are certified by the Office of Judicial Administration in Topeka and all volunteers who are recruited are thoroughly screened and trained by the local CASA office and after meeting all criteria, are certified as CASA volunteers in Kansas. Volunteers continue to receive training throughout the year. Volunteers also carefully monitor existing court orders in each case.

Public Appeal for Needs:
The CASA program continually recruits and trains volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. There are more the 58,000 CASA volunteers nationwide. Aside from the CASA volunteer work, 54% are employed in regular full-time jobs and 83% of the volunteers nationwide are women. Most are motivated to become a CASA volunteer because they wanted to directly help abused children.

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