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Background and History of CASA...

For fifteen years, Dane County judges have assigned volunteers associated with the Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program to advocate for the safety, permanency, and well-being of abused and neglected children who are involved in the Dane County Court system. To support their advocacy work, CASA volunteers maintain close contact with the children they serve, make weekly home visits and correspond with any person involved in the lives of their assigned children — including family members, teachers, counselors, social workers, coaches, and friends.  CASA volunteers make sure the children they serve are safe, and they work with other professionals on the case to ensure that the children obtain an appropriate, permanent placement and receive needed services. CASA volunteers are often the most frequent visitors to these children, and often have the most up-to-date information on the daily life and experiences of the children they serve.  CASA volunteers use this information to provide informative reports to the courts, which ultimately contribute to informed decision-making on these difficult cases. 

In addition to serving as "eyes and ears" for the courts to make informed decisions about the kids we serve, our CASA volunteers serve as stable, caring mentor/advocates for children who are going through an extremely difficult time.  CASA volunteers also work to ensure that their assigned children receive needed services and help in school.  The CASA volunteer's sole focus is to see that their assigned CASA kids have the opportunity that all Dane County children deserve — the opportunity to grow up in a safe, permanent home, and to thrive and grow to their fullest potential.

How we came to be...

In 1992 Judge Gerald Nichol became interested in the National CASA Program and enlisted Randi Celusta to help him get a program started in Dane County. Randi visited an existing CASA program in Milwaukee, enlisted other community members and made a personal trip to National CASA Headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

Upon learning that Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sponsors National CASA, the local chapter was contacted to enlist their help. They held a successful Walkathon and donated $2000 for start up funds for CASA. Randi says, when she looks back on her career, being a part of bringing CASA to Dane County is what she is most proud of.

Thank you to Judge Nichol, Randi Celusta and Kappa Alpha Theta for bringing CASA to Dane County!

What is happening now at CASA...

There have been many changes for CASA over the years but our mission has remained the same. Dane County CASA continues to grow and our goal is to be able to provide a CASA volunteer for every child in Dane County that needs one. We are looking forward to an exciting year of improvement and growth for Dane County CASA!

Here is our CASA Annual Report.

Dane County CASA is currently funded by the Dane County Clerk of Courts, United Way of Dane County, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as individual donations and generous sponsorships of our fund raising events. If you are interested in making a financial contribution to Dane County CASA, please use the following link or e-mail the Dane County CASA office: david@danecountycasa.org.



 


 


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