There are over 600 children in foster care in

 Jefferson County, MO



Too many children in the child welfare system lose their families, their rights and their hope.

 Join our fight to make sure they don’t!

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We see news stories every day about children taken from an abusive home, or because of the tragic loss of a parent—to illness or violence or incarceration. We assume there must be a program or system that will take care of these children and make sure they are treated with dignity, given a safe place to live, so they can recover from their hardship and be a child again.

 

But there is a story behind the story that few people speak about. It is the story of overburdened foster care and child welfare systems that—though full of well-intentioned and deeply committed people—cannot begin to meet the needs of the more than 660,000 children nationwide, 9912 children in Missouri and over 500 children in Jefferson County residing in the foster care system.

 

    It is the story of a six-year-old girl who has been moved to six group homes and three schools over the past two years. The story of a toddler separated from her brothers and sisters during the most vulnerable time her life. The story of a child being handed all his belongings in a plastic bag at the age of 18, because he has “aged out” of the system.

   It is a story that occurs over and over again in America’s foster care and child welfare system.


 
But these stories can have better endings, because there is a group of trained volunteers, appointed by judges to advocate for these children. People who fight for these abused and neglected children, to make sure their basic rights and essential needs don’t get overlooked or ignored by the system. These stories can have better endings because of people like you.

 

We are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children; a volunteer-powered network of committed people—from all walks of life—who believe society has a fundamental obligation to these children. We are people just like you who believe that every child has the right to be treated with dignity, to be safe, and to thrive in the embrace of a loving family.

 

With a CASA volunteer, a child is half as likely to languish in the foster care and child welfare system, and that much more likely to find a safe, permanent home.

 

“To give a child a CASA volunteer is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, 

and to give them hope is to give them the world. I believe that with all my heart.”

—Pamela, former foster child

We are committed to serving every child.

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CASA of Jefferson County was founded in 2011 and is a 501(c)3 agency. All donations are tax deductible TAX ID #45-3995846. We have a proven approach; our only challenge is to scale it. Your financial contribution is a sound investment. 

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CASA counts on the support of the community to help abused and neglected children in the Family Court of Jefferson County. Being a small nonprofit organization, we depend on volunteers and donors to help us operate effectively. For more information please contact us to set up an in person Informational Meeting with a staff member.