OVER 24 YEARS OF ADVOCATING FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN
Fillmore County CASA is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting court-appointed special advocates who serve Fillmore County’s abused and neglected children.
Since our founding in 1996, we have trained multiple CASA volunteers and empowered everyday citizens in Fillmore County to become advocates for children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect and usually placed in Foster care.
Our volunteers help the children by advocating for safe and permanent homes for them. The CASA volunteer addresses urgent needs to the court on behalf of the child they advocate for. These needs may include healthcare, education, and developing permanent connections.
We are committed to providing one-on-one volunteer and mentorship for these children. They face huge odds including mental health issues, traumatic emotional disturbances and educational challenges.
EXPANDING OUR SERVICES
In 2016, Fillmore County CASA and South Central CASA in Nebraska initiated a partnership in which Fillmore County CASA became the umbrella organization of South Central CASA. South Central CASA became the 501c3 for Fillmore County CASA’s Fiscal management.
Ruann Root, Executive Director of South Central CASA worked in collaboration with Deb Mohlman, Volunteer Coordinator, with Family Assistance grants for Fillmore CASA. This helped us provide more Family Assistance needs for CASA youth and high-risk families in Fillmore County.
Grants received in the past 3 years include United Way for general family needs and Snow Redfern for the Fillmore CASA Suitcase Program. Fillmore County CASA helps with providing new clothing and hygiene items for youth from referrals from local professionals. Fillmore CASA has a Suitcase program for children who are removed from their homes suddenly and placed with a relative or foster care for their safety. Sometimes these children have only a garbage bag full of mix matched or unclean clothing. CASA provides them with an age appropriate suitcase filled with new clothes and hygiene items to help them get through a very difficult time in their life.
By partnering with CASA of South Central, CASA has been able to develop more strategic growth and provide more services for families, along with continuing to provide well trained and committed volunteers for CASA youth who are victims of abuse and neglect, in Fillmore County.