Volunteer Local Advocates
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained, local volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in deprivation proceedings through Youth Courts. CASA of Mississippi strengthens and expands the statewide network of CASA programs that empower volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in Mississippi.
Our vision is that every child in Mississippi’s judicial system has an advocate focused solely on the child’s best interests.
CASA Mississippi, Inc. was established in 2002 after the Mississippi Court Advocacy and Justice Institute applied for and administered a state organization development grant from the National CASA Association (NCASAA).
CASA Mississippi was developed by several local program directors and others involved in child advocacy services who realized that a state organization could support the existing CASA programs and develop new programs in counties where children were under served. The state organization was created to provide technical support, training, education, and other invaluable assistance to the local program staff and volunteers.
Our board of directors meets quarterly and is committed to the development of quality advocacy programs that meet state and local regulations and comply with National CASA standards. CASA Mississippi is required by National CASA to submit a quality assurance assessment for review by the standards committee for state organizations.