Pre-service Training begins
September 4th (evenings)
Make a difference
in a child's life.
Graves County CASA needs volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of children that have been abused or neglected in our community.
no experience necessary, we provide training.
Yes!! I want to help. Click "Apply Here" to access the on-line CASA Volunteer Application. Please apply on-line; no paper applications accepted. Children NEED YOU to Stand Up for Them in court!
Our CASA Volunteers
2017 Pioneer Award Recipients
Acknowledged for their investment in the future of Mayfield/Graves County
2017 Law Day Honoree
Graves County Bar Association
Acknowledged for their selfless service and contributions to the judicial system through volunteer court advocacy on behalf of child abuse and neglect victims
Graves County CASA
(Court Appointed Special Advocates)
for children is a volunteer driven program.
CASA advocates speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in the court system through no fault of their own. They spend time with the child getting to know them. They interview parents, family members, teachers and other important people in the child’s life. They meet with involved service providers and review records. They provide the judge with an additional set of “eyes and ears” from which to learn information. CASA provides the court with written reports offering recommendations that are heavily relied on by Judges whose difficult task is to make informed decisions on the child’s future.
Volunteers are thoroughly screened for appropriateness prior to being accepted as a candidate. Once accepted the volunteer engages in 30 hours of pre-service training and commits to at least one year of service. CASA is appointed by our district court judge to serve on child abuse and neglect cases that are active in juvenile court.
CASA is independent from other service providers. CASA volunteers are not social workers; they are simply people with a desire to help children. The average volunteer is asked to handle one or two cases at a time, either a single child or a sibling group. CASA is for the child. CASA gives abused and neglected children a voice.
Back row L to R: Kelly (CASA Coordinator), Faye, Sandy, Rhonda, Betty, Ellen, Ivan
Front Row L to R: Frankie (CASA Doodle), Candy, Stephanie (CASA Director), Sharon
Not Pictured: Amanda, Ricky, Chastity, Connie, Edna, Carol, Cathy, Joanna, Corey
Become a CASA Volunteer!
Graves County CASA
Crime Victims Compensation
If you are an innocent victim of a crime or some conduct that could be charged as a crime to include a surviving spouse, parent, or child of a victim, or a third party who is required to pay for the victims crime-related bills, and have no other means of payment you may be eligible for crime victim compensation. Requirements include: 1. Incident reported to law enforcement within 48 hours of the incident occurring; if not reported within the required time, a justifiable reason must be provided. 2. Claimant must cooperate with law enforcement and the prosecution (testify and/or provide whatever truthful information required to prosecute the alleged offender), except in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault. 3. Claimant must provide a social security number or other government issued ID.
GCCAP can provide more information on eligibility and help complete the claim form that is submitted to Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board for review. For more information go to www.cvcb.ky.gov.