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Join me on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 6 – 9:30 pm to celebrate, and help continue, the good work of CASA Minnesota! Featuring wine tasting, cheese and desserts, and a fabulous silent auction. More details about the event can be found here: Uncorked Invitation  Please contact me if you have items for our silent auction, mike@invisiblechildren.org

RSVP by December 31st by printing the Uncorked RSVP card and mailing it to: CASA Minnesota, P.O. Box 17358, Minneapolis MN 55417. Or register online via Paypal using the links below:

ticket individual

tickets for a couple

Ticket for a guardian ad-Litem (discounted)

If you would like to know more about the guardian ad-Litem program that CASAMN supports, click on; www.CASAMN.org

About CASA:
A commitment to Minnesota’s children

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Minnesota is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (National CASA). A grant from National CASA supports this website and our efforts to encourage communication, development, and effective advocacy for CASA volunteers and Guardians ad Litem statewide.

Mission

The mission of CASA Minnesota is to broadly support volunteer advocacy on behalf of abused and neglected children in our state. We believe that every abused and neglected child in Minnesota court proceedings should have a volunteer advocate working for their best interests. In pursuit of this goal, we do the following:

  • Assist in the recruitment and retention of Minnesota volunteer guardians ad litem
  • Provide initial and continuing education and support to Minnesota volunteer guardians ad litem
  • Increase public awareness about child welfare and guardians ad litem
  • Provide a network for communication among Minnesota volunteer guardians ad litem
  • Advocate for legislative change, public policies and best practices that enhance the quality of advocacy and care for abused and neglected children

 

CASA Minnesota supports the CASA programs established in various Minnesota judicial districts.

Local programs

CASA Minnesota supports state and local programs for volunteer CASA guardians ad litem serving in the Minnesota state judicial districts shown below:

  1. 1st Judicial District, which includes Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley Counties
  2. 2nd Judicial District, which includes Ramsey County
  3. 4th Judicial District, which includes Hennepin County
  4. 5th Judicial District, which includes Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock and Watonwan Counties

 

All CASA volunteers, no matter the judicial district in which they serve, must be certified and follow state-wide program standards and rules of court as established by the Minnesota judicial system.

Volunteers

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life—they are everyday citizens of all ages, genders, ethnicity and professional experience. Being a CASA volunteer does not require any special education or background. Volunteers get to know the child and talk with everyone in that child’s life—parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them. CASA volunteers listen first—then they act.

To be a CASA volunteer, you must pass a background check, participate in a 40-hour pre-service training course with your local Minnesota CASA guardian ad litem program, and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average). YOU might be an ideal CASA volunteer—won’t you consider making a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child today? Even if you’re not able to serve as a CASA volunteer, there are other ways you can support CASA Minnesota: you candonate financially, and you can donate your time and skills to help the CASA MN Board with its work.

Executive Director

  • Mariann Grossman

Board of Directors

  • Laurie Kusek, President
    GAL Program Manager, Fourth Judicial District
  • Mark Proctor, Vice President
    Guardian ad Litem, Second Judicial District
  • Kelly Hudick, Treasurer
    Attorney, KPMG LLP
  • Rebecca Shlafer, Secretary
    University of Minnesota
    Guardian ad Litem, Fourth Judicial District
  • Mollie Bremer
    Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Judy Peterson
    GAL Program Manager, First Judicial District
  • Dave Rosewall
    Cargill
  • Carol Russell
    CEO, Russell Herder
  • Mike Tikkanen
    Guardian ad Litem, Fourth Judicial District
  • Kristen Trebil
    GAL Program Manager, Second Judicial District

To find out about volunteer opportunities working with the CASA MN Board, please contact CASA MN.

LEARN MORE: The CASA impact

1 Comment

  1. I have participated in CASA in NYS and I highly endorse this program. Children who are involved in Family Courts across our country almost always need ongoing help and support from concerned citizens such as CASA volunteers. I believe that the program helps many children who really need it and it also exposes volunteers to the problems these children are experiencing on a daily basis. Those who volunter can get as much out of the situation as the children they help.

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