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.