First Circuit CASA - Mitchell, SD

First Circuit CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children currently in court proceedings. The program promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.

Mission Statement: The mission of First Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and have the opportunity to thrive.

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First Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for child victims of abuse and neglect who are too young to speak for themselves during the complicated maze of legal proceedings.

CASA volunteers are members of the community who receive extensive education and training to advocate for abused and neglected children - who through no fault of their own - are thrust into juvenile and domestic relations court and often, into foster care. CASA volunteers advocate for these children to make sure they don't get lost in an overburdened system. Their ultimate responsibility is to promote safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. It is slow, and incredibly challenging work, but one child at a time, CASA Volunteers are making a difference in our community.

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