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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 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, managed by Melanie Cattermole, 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 Program Manager, Melanie Cattermole, at 517-548-1350 or email her at:

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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

389 children

In Michigan – 2013

13,049 children were in foster care; nearly 6,000 of them were 5 years old and younger

InfoGraphic: National CASA

CASA InfoGraphic 1.2016







LACASA Staff Insight

Why Children Don’t Tell: Sandusky case sheds light on complexities of child sexual abuse

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is updated regularly in the footnote section, which provides links to ongoing news about the Penn State Scandal and its aftermath. By Robin L. O’Grady with Nicole Matthews-Creech The conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky captured the nation’s attention and cast a spotlight on an endless question: […]