Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Gila County has been in existence since 1988, serving over 624 children, with volunteer advocates putting in more than 34,519 volunteer hours.

The mission of CASA of Gila County is to empower each CASA volunteer to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children of Gila County who are involved in the juvenile dependency courts. The program promotes and supports community-based volunteers, certified by the Arizona Supreme Court, who provide quality advocacy to help ensure each child victim is in a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

Changing lives and making a difference for a child has had a lifetime impact for many foster children. Arizona currently has more than 18,000 foster children. While most children are busy making family memories, foster children attend court hearings, adjust to new foster homes and transition to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry.

CASA heroes are dedicated to help make the child’s dream of a safe and loving family a reality.

So what is a CASA? CASA volunteers complete free, comprehensive training that empowers them to help a foster child with their court case. Volunteers get to know the child they represent by talking with everyone in that child’s life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys and social workers. They also have access to all the child’s case information. The volunteer’s role is to combine the case history with personal observations to make recommendations for the future of the case. It typically takes two to five hours per week to help a child as a CASA volunteer. To become one of these “Everyday Superheroes” contact Payson Coordinator Patti Dremler at 928-474-7145.

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