Tulsa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit organization which trains volunteers to speak in the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system. Their purpose is to ensure kids in high-risk situations are given advocates to speak out for them in hopes of achieving the best possible outcome.
Once a child becomes a ward of the state, they’re assigned a CASA volunteer. The volunteer becomes a constant presence in the child’s life, communicating the child’s best interest to the judge and involved parties. The volunteer may meet with the child’s teachers, family, DHS workers, and therapist. The CASA volunteer will remain in contact with the child until their case is closed.
A CASA volunteer plays a significant role in the lives of these children. The child is often experiencing difficult “adult” situations and doesn’t have anyone else speaking for them. Often, their CASA volunteer is the only consistent person the child has looking out for them throughout the entire process. The CASA volunteer may be the only person the child feels they can trust during this period.
Bruce Dart works for the Tulsa Health Department, but also serves on the Board of Directors for Tulsa Casa. His goal is to support all volunteers because children need a voice to ensure the best possible outcome for them. If you have time, and have a heart for children, please reach out to see how you can make a difference. Call Tulsa CASA at (918) 584-5740 and visit their website at tulsacasa.org.
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