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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Brown County

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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Health, Human Services

Mission: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Brown County is a nonprofit organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the court system. Our vision is for every child to feel safe and secure in their home and heart.

Results: In 2016, 136 dedicated and selfless CASA volunteers advocated for 245 abused or neglected children. A CASA volunteer is very often the only consistent adult presence in the life of an abused or neglected child. A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to get help with other services, spend less time in foster care and be moved from home to home and do better in school!

Target demographics: Children in Brown County who have been placed under a CHIPS (Child in need of Protection and/or Services) court order.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 245 children in Brown County.

Geographic areas served: Brown County, Wisconsin

Programs: Court Appointed Special Advocates) CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children until the court case is closed and they have found a safe, nurturing and permanent home. CASA volunteers meet with the child weekly and submit a monthly written report to the judge on the child's safety and well-being to help that judge make important decisions about the child's future.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an advocate for CASA of Brown County for around 2 years now and it is the best decision I have made. I enjoy visiting with my CASA kids and I really feel like I am making a difference. The supervisors are very helpful and definitely make me feel appreciated. I would definitely recommend joining or donating to your local CASA agency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CASA volunteer, my role is to advocate for abused and neglected children (victims) who are under a CHiPS order (Children In Need of Protection and Service). Visiting the child/children of a case has meant that I have been in the homes of moms, dads, grandparents, great-grandparents, foster parents, day care, schools, and summer youth programs. The once a week visits build relationships of trust and dependability so that a CASA often becomes the only consistent adult presence and voice in a child's life. Monthly written reports to the judges who assign the case to a CASA provide observations and candid snapshots of the child's life in between court appearances.
Explaining my weekly visits, a young child exclaimed to his friends that I was 'his own grown-up friend' that came to play only with him. Taking my hand he said, "Come on. Let's build fast race cars!"
CASA Advocates are sustained by trustworthy partnerships with the CASA staff through training, continuing education programs, and friendships; empathy and emotional support are staff specialties.
Caring for children who are victims of abuse and neglect by advocating for them in the judicial system as the 'eyes and ears' of the court, is a deeply humbling and rewarding manner in which to touch lives and connect hearts in my community.

Addy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at CASA of Brown County, I have really seen the behind the scenes work CASA and its volunteers do. It is amazing to see people selflessly dedicate themselves to the children of Brown County. I think this organization is fantastic and I could not imagine working with a more outstanding and caring group!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic, dedicated organization. CASA is compassionate and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CASA of Brown County is an amazing nonprofit that helps protect the most vulnerable kids in our community. It is a well-run organization that ensures maximum impact for every dollar donated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went through the training, and it was clear to me how needed this organization is to our community. I was paired with a child, and we enjoy our visits every week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After volunteering for many different non-profits during my lifetime (62 years!), I have found that CASA of Brown County gives me the biggest bang for my buck and time! The impact I make on the current and future life of a vulnerable child as a CASA volunteer advocate, as a donor and as a CASA board member is far greater than any other volunteer or donor experience I have ever had with any other non-profit. My experiences working with these abused and neglected children under court ordered protection positively changes their lives and mine. The warm satisfaction I receive from helping kids who need it more than most is overwhelming. I truly believe I am changing lives, changing futures and changing the world one child at a time. Thank you! Nan Bush

Board Member

Rating: 5

CASA is a great example of President Bush's 1,000 points of light. Volunteer advocates making a difference in the lives of children who most need our help - the neglected and abused. Hundreds of people giving of their time every week to help these kids. Thank you to all our volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined CASA as a volunteer this summer. The training I had was thorough and that, along with my many years of teaching, prepared me for my experiences with my two CASA children. The rewards that I have received in getting to know the children and their guardians are indescribable. The joy I see in their eyes when I arrive at the home and the genuine caring I witness in the guardians of the children make my day every single time I am there. The CASA staff is available to answer questions, inform me of new developments, and assist me in any way they can. Working with this organization is one of the best experiences I have had.

Mary473

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined this organization 7 years ago and have found it to be a great organization assisting the abused and neglected children in our community. Wonderful organized, caring and compassionate staff with a hard working board of directors. Definite asset to our community and surrounding communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined CASA of Brown County after retiring in 2009. I have volunteered as an advocate for children from age 1 week old thru age 18. I believe I have shared with all these CASA children that they can trust again and they were special. Many times I had to wonder if I was enriching their lives or they were enriching my life. (A combination of both, I believe). Giving your time and/or talents to a nonprofit is what I truly believe enriches all lives. Staff, Board Members and Advocates, "thank you" for believing in the mission of CASA of Brown County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA volunteer for 2 years. It has been a wonderful experience and has afforded me a chance to give back to my community, children and families in need of love and support. The support CASA receives from Brown County Human Services and the Brown County Court system is amazing as well. The collaboration and partnership between the systems is a true testament to the importance of children in our community.

1 Kathy274

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA volunteer for over eight years. CASA joins together volunteers with a heart for children, with children who need some love and someone to advocate for them. Then the child and the CASA volunteer are joined together with judges, teachers, parents, foster parents, siblings, social workers extended family & friends of the child, case workers, attorneys, supportive CASA staff, education & speakers, opportunities for children to grow & learn, and a whole lot more. I have learned how to be a better advocate through the training & staff of CASA but mostly I have learned to be a better advocate from the children & teens. The young people hold wisdom far beyond their years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, they go above and beyond to help families and children in need

Dawn155

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for CASA of Brown County I have discovered an organization that gives back to our community by helping children who have no one else to help them. The staff of CASA of Brown County also show appreciation to their volunteers and the support they get back from the community.

There is nothing more important than helping a child have a voice in their life!

Ashley177

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are so amazing and help so many people. I have seen from both sides the good they do and the love they have for the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases in Green Bay for 9 years and served as a Judge for 20, presiding over many juvenile court cases. Far too many children are struggling,and there are numerous community programs offering help. But the children we see in juvenile court represent 10% of the reported cases of child abuse and neglect--only the most serious are the subject of juvenile court petitions. They typically have inadequate family and community resources. That is what makes CASA unique. After encountering these children for 29 years, I concluded what was most lacking is a single person they could ALWAYS trust and count on to make them a priority, protect them and help them get through whatever trauma has occurred and lies ahead. That is what a CASA volunteer does. And the volunteers come from all walks of life. While the CASA training is exceptional, the volunteers are not trained social workers or mental health professionals. Their only motivation is to be that one consistent, supportive, loving, nurturing person to make the difference that lasts a lifetime. I personally witnessed the value of CASA hundreds of times.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am continuously amazed by the efforts of the CASA-BC staff and yes dedicated advocates. These people change lives of children one at a time. Thanks to them for all they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a CASA volunteer. Working with children that are in foster care can be challenging both emotionally and mentally simply because of the trauma and the ongoing unknown that they live with every day. The advocate supervisors at CASA of Brown County are very supportive when legal and safety issues arise, but most of all they are there for their advocates when the emotions become hard to handle. They are professional when they must be and caring and supportive when we need it. This is a great organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

CASA of Brown County is a fantastic organization helping the most vulnerable children in the community. The staff and volunteers are passionate about their roles and work tirelessly to better the lives of abused and neglected children. I cannot say enough positive things about CASA of Brown County and the work that they do.