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CASA announces opening of a new program in county

by The Western News
| April 2, 2024 7:00 AM

Lincoln County has announced its new Court Appointed Special Advocate program, which will serve the county’s 19th Judicial District Court with Judge Matthew J. Cuffe.

CASA of Lincoln County is the newest member of the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Association for Children, a nationwide network of over 940 programs that recruit, train and support volunteers who advocate for the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected. 

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to provide a voice for children who are in the foster care system or whose families are at risk of court involvement. They work to ensure children receive the necessary services and support to help them thrive and find a safe, permanent home.

CASA of Lincoln County will recruit and train volunteers from the local community to serve as advocates for these vulnerable children. The program will work in collaboration with local child welfare agencies, attorneys and judges to ensure the children's needs are met and their voices are heard.

“There is an incredible need throughout Montana for CASA programs and volunteer advocates, so we’re very excited to provide this service for Lincoln County,” Executive Director Keeli Anderson said. “It’s important for Lincoln County residents to understand how this program not only benefits children in foster care, but also provides benefits to everyone living in the county.” 

Program Director Kerri Fahland further explained the goals of the program.

"Our goal is to provide a voice for every child in foster care," Fahland said. "With the support of dedicated volunteers from our community, we can help these children navigate the complex child welfare system and ensure that they receive the services and support they need to thrive."

Recruitment is now underway for CASA of Lincoln County board members and people interested in becoming CASA advocates. Individuals interested in volunteering can learn more at www.lincolncasa.org or visit us at the volunteer drive hosted by the LOR Foundation, May 11 at the Memorial Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on how to partner or volunteer, please visit:

- CASA of Lincoln County Program www.lincolncasa.org

- Montana CASA/GAL Association www.montanacasagal.org

- National CASA/GAL Association for Children www.nationalcasagal.org.