Mission, Vision, & Values

Every year, thousands of children in Oklahoma are removed from their homes because of evidence of abuse and neglect. They are uprooted from the only family they’ve known, taken out of school and away from friends. In short, their worlds are turned upside down. Going through the child welfare system is scary and no child should do it alone.

The mission of South Central CASA of Oklahoma, Inc. is to recruit, screen, train, and support members of the community to advocate for the best interests of children who have been made wards of the court in Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and speak up for abused and neglected children to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in the foster care system. CASA volunteers stay with each child until he or she is placed in a safe, permanent home and the case is closed. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant in their lives and often, the one adult who cares only for them.

A community where every child affected by abuse or neglect has a committed and competent advocate focused on his or her best interest.

Our Organizational Values

We acknowledge that we will best be able to serve victims of child abuse and neglect as a collaborative partner with local, state, and national stakeholders in the field of child welfare. We are committed to building and maintaining strong relationships within our program, in our community, and beyond. We see diversity, inclusion, and respect as critical to our success, and implement these values every day.
We believe effective advocacy is built on a foundation of absolute integrity. In recruiting members of our community to provide services to children, we utilize a comprehensive screening process. Once trained, our advocates receive high-quality continuing education and case support. In this way, we ensure that our program is able to meet the complex needs of the children and families we serve.
If our organization is invisible in our community, then so are the children we serve. Our role is not only to serve children involved in the child welfare system, but also to increase visibility around the issues that perpetuate the cycle of abuse and neglect. In order to accomplish this, we engage in continuing education at the program level, and seize upon opportunities to spread awareness in the community.
To ensure long-term sustainability, we must meet the expectations of our existing supporters, and cultivate strong relationships with new individual and corporate donors. We work to identify partnerships that will expand our capacity and improve the quality of the services we provide to victims of child abuse and neglect, striking a perfect balance between continued growth and excellent advocacy.