No previous training required (we provide that.) All that children need is a guardian ad litem with a committed heart. A person to speak in their best interests and protect their rights. Is that you?
Too many children are first abused or neglected right here in own neighborhoods, and then propelled into a system they don't understand. Every one of these kids needs a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) guardian ad litem to ensure their rights are protected and to speak for their best interests.
The children may be next door, down the street or in that nicely kept house over there. Whoever and wherever they are, they need a voice.
Contact us if you don't feel advocacy is your forte but you have other expertise to offer - we can always use extra hands/thoughts/ideas.
It's not always easy to do the right thing. Sometimes it's downright hard. It's easy to forget that children right here at home need our help. Whether you can give time or contribute monetarily, you are doing the right thing. You are supporting their future and keeping our community whole and healthy.
However and whatever you can give will support guardians ad litem in their working advocating for children who cannot speak for themselves.
Let's do the right thing and consider the gift of hope, family and futures.
It's safe and easy to give online.
Or, if you prefer you can send your contribution to:
325 2nd Ave N
Great Falls MT 59401
However you choose to give your contribution helps provide a CASA-CAN guardian ad litem to every child in Cascade County who needs one. You will be a big part of speaking for a child's best interests and protecting their rights!
Your company may have a matching gift program that will augment your contribution. Inquires can usually be made at the company's benefits office.
If you suspect child abuse, don't hesitate to call the toll free number to make a report. You can remain anonymous and you may save a life.
224 children have been reported as abused or neglected in Cascade County so far in 2013. That's on top of the kids already being served! Compare that to 2009 when 'only' 98 new children were reported to be abused or neglected. In fact, Cascade County has the dubious distinction of having the largest number highest number of youth in need of care in the State of Montana.
The first voice the child needs is yours - so call if you suspect abuse of any kind. And keep calling until you know that child is safe.