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CASA of Shawnee County

Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of CASA of Shawnee County is to utilize volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children and youth involved in the court system.

Our Purpose

The purpose of this advocacy is to provide a voice for children in an effort to have informed and expedient decisions made about their futures.

CASA is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

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What We Do

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program was established in 1986 by the Kansas Supreme Court.  The program matches trained and certified volunteers to a child(ren) who are in the court system due to abuse and neglect.  The volunteer visits with the child(ren) in their temporary living placement, speaks with family members, social workers, caregivers, teachers and other important people to gather current information.  The CASA then makes recommendations to the judge so decisions can be made in the child(ren)'s best interest.

Volunteers must attend the required training (provided), pass background checks, provide references.  Volunteers must be 21 years of age (exceptions may apply).  All volunteers are assigned to a paid staff member who acts as a partner/mentor.

We are currently only able to provide an advocate to 1/3 of the approximate 1200 children in the court system in Shawnee County.  Our goal is to provide an advocate for all the children by 2023.  Please help us reach this goal.

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Address Information
501 SE Jefferson, Ste. 2002 (mailing)
Topeka, KS 66607
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Teresa Sowell
Contact Title: Volunteer Recruiter
Phone: 785-215-8279
Fax: 785-215-8284
Email: teresa.sowell@shawneecocasa.org
Located in the downtown Ramada Inn, 2nd floor business offices - 420 E 6th, Topeka, KS  66607
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