Sandy (CASA since 2004) "The main reason that I decided to become involved with CASA was the number of children that I saw on a daily basis that needed someone in their corner. As a retired educator I was able to experience first-hand some of the frustrations and fears that many children expressed because they felt school was the only safe haven they had. CASA has allowed me to be a spokesperson for hurting children and I am so proud to be a part of the CASA family."
Ricky (CASA since 2011) "Children are the best thing that God gave us."
Candy (CASA since 2014) "Knowing that you can make a positive difference in the life of a child is very rewarding. I am proud to be a CASA and enjoy volunteering my time to the children of my community!"
Judy (CASA since 2014)- "It's all about the children."
Kassandra (Volunteer Coordination)- “Children need a voice. They need someone to speak up for them, and be there for them when they feel like everything else might be falling apart. We have to let them know they’re not alone. Children deserve to have people in their lives who are a constant source of support and understanding. Not all children have those types of people in their lives, and if through CASA I can be that person for even just one child, who otherwise wouldn’t get that, I’d say I’m the one who’s blessed.”
Meet our CASA Volunteers
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.
Graves County CASA
L to R:: Amanda, Stephanie (Director), Kassandra, Candy, Betty, Ricky, Sandy, Tony.
Not Pictured:: Cathy, Judy, Alexa
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!
Become a CASA Volunteer!