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CASA Child Court Advocates

Helping children in the court system

We began our exciting collaboration with the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program just three years ago. Since then, we have accomplished good things for the children of Livingston County who are in the court system due to abuse or neglect.

Our LACASA-CASA volunteer team, directed by Sara  A. Applegate, JD, now advocates for more than 60 children throughout Livingston County.

The leadership and volunteers of LACASA-CASA work closely with local family court representatives and the Department of Human Services to safeguard the wellbeing and basic human rights of these children.

Research shows that children represented by court appointed special advocates are half as likely to languish in foster care. Our volunteers are entrusted with helping LACASA-CASA children move forward in their lives with dignity, respect, compassion and representation.

For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, contact Sara Applegate at 517-548-1350 or email her at:

Your donation today will help an abused infant, child, or teenager at the most vulnerable time of their lives.

Become a LACASA-CASA volunteer:
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In one decade, child abuse nearly quadrupled in Livingston County               

Every child has the right to a safe, permanent and caring home. Yet from 2000 to 2009, the number of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect increased 344% in Livingston County. Half of these children were living in foster care or with relatives because it was not safe for them to return home.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of Livingston County provides highly trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who come into the court system as a result of abuse or neglect.



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