ABOUT CASA

Our purpose is to help children find a safe, permanent home.

OUR MISSION

OUR VISION

The mission of CASA of Cherokee Country is to be a voice for children who come into the court system as a result of abuse and/or neglect by providing trained volunteer advocates who speak independently for the best interests of the children.

Every abused and neglected child has a CASA volunteer appointed to represent his/her best interests.

When abused or neglected children enter into the juvenile court and foster care system, they do it virtually alone. In 1977, a Judge in Seattle, Washington, noticed that when he looked out over all the people presenting information to him when he heard a case of an abused child, one critical voice was missing. There was no one there whose sole focus was the best interests of the child. In times of fiscal constraints and agency politics, who better to get that information from than a trained community volunteer? Hence the birth of the CASA movement.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children who are wards of the juvenile court. After being screened and trained, a CASA is appointed to a child or sibling group. Through his or her court order, the CASA researches the case, talks to the child and involved parties and professionals, advocates for needed services and timely decisions, and submits written recommendations to the court.

 

CASA of Cherokee Country was established in 1995 and serves the children of Cherokee Nation, Adair, and Cherokee Counties. It is one of five "dual" CASA programs in the United States, serving abused and neglected children in two state courts and a tribal court. Although the geographic boundaries of the Cherokee Nation include 14 counties in northeastern Oklahoma, the Cherokee Tribal Court is located in Tahlequah, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation and the location of tribal government.

 

82 children

served in FY2019

24 volunteers

in FY2019

OUR VALUES

"CASA is an invaluable organization that provides the Court and children with an unquantifiable positive impact in every case.”

Oklahoma Judge, 2018 Survey

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CASA of Cherokee Country complies with applicable Federal Civil Rights Laws and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, military service or lack of military service, religious affiliations or belief, or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.