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We began our exciting collaboration with the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in 2011. Since then, LACASA and CASA have accomplished good things for the children of Livingston County who are in the court system due to abuse or neglect.
Our CASA volunteer team, directed by Sara A. Applegate, JD, consists of 40 volunteers and they advocate for more than 70 children throughout Livingston County.
The leadership and volunteers of CASA work closely with local family court representatives and the Department of Human Services to safeguard the well-being 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 CASA Director, Sara Applegate, at 517-548-1350 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Livingston County: In one decade, child abuse nearly quadrupled
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.
Livingston County – 2013
Confirmed Victims of Abuse/Neglect
In Michigan – 2013
13,049 children were in foster care; nearly 6,000 of them were 5 years old and younger
InfoGraphic: National CASA