North Star CASA intervenes when home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system. A judge may appoint a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). The CASA volunteer's focus is on the child, giving hope and help with a goal of guiding the child to a safe, permanent home. North Star CASA staff trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interest of the child. A CASA volunteer will go to court about 4-5 times a year and may attend a few daytime meetings. The remainder of a CASA volunteer’s work is done on their own time – visiting the child, reading reports and records.
“...this work is not for the faint-hearted. You must have great determination, extreme patience and a kind and loving spirit. You must be willing to work against the odds, at times against the system, sometimes against your own desires. But if you master the skills, deal with the issues and face the challenges, the rewards are ENORMOUS." ~Jane Malpass and Jane Rankin Thompson