Who is a CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocates are community volunteers trained to represent the best interests of children who are part of the court system due to abuse or neglect. As a CASA, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life during this uncertain time.
Advocates are assigned their first case after 30 hours of training. This training consists of class time, reading, courtroom observation, and shadowing a seasoned volunteer on a visit. Once training is completed, advocates have the support of the Director and other volunteers as they work their case.
CASAs average 5 hours a month on their cases. They must be available to attend court hearings approximately once every three months and team meetings approximately once a month. CASAs are also required to complete at least 12 hours of in-service training per year.
Make a Difference
Watch this short video about why CASAs volunteer their time:
Or you can help provide funding for the program both now and in the future by making a tax-deductible gift to the Dubois County CASA Endowment:
A History of Helping
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA) was founded in 1984 to train volunteers to become court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in court cases. The nonprofit group, based in Seattle, has 940+ offices and more than 77,000 volunteers in every state but North Dakota (where child advocates are paid professionals).
In 1991, Judge Hugo (Chad) Songer initiated the Dubois County CASA program to advocate for children who had been abused or neglected. This was partially in response to state legislation which mandated a CASA for the most serious Children in Need of Services (CHINS) cases.
In 2005, the state law was changed to require a CASA for all CHINS cases, regardless of severity. The Dubois County CASA program, as it existed at the time, was not prepared to handle the increased caseload. John Siebert agreed to become Director of the CASA Program, where he spearheaded a strong effort to recruit additional CASA volunteers. The effort was largely successful and the Dubois County CASA program expanded to meet the needs of the county. In March of 2007, the Dubois County CASA Program was recognized by the State Office of CASA as a state-certified program in compliance of all standards.
Dubois County CASA Team
|Angie Anderson||Jason Green||Allison Rodich|
|Kimberly Becher||Lisa Guthrie||Cricket Rumbach|
|Becky Beckman||Tina Martin||Angie Sanchez-Hostetter|
|Ginny Begle||Janelle Hasenour||Jamie Seitz|
|Lee Begle||Tammy Hawkins||Lori Wigand|
|Alicia Bies-Pfau||Kaye Jerrell||Leonard Spellmeyer|
|Clayton Boyles||Dawn Kilian||Bill Schmitt|
|Laura Buck||Nicole Lampert||Debra Schmitt|
|Joe Buehler||Brenda Krempp||Janet Sendelweck|
|Renee Nord||Kim Lampert-Tucker||Ann Staff|
|Jennifer Daunhauer||Kelly Lehmkuhler||Michelle Sternberg|
|Dixie Denton||Dianne Matheis||John Yoder|
|Natalie Desser||Jane Merder||Terri Tigue|
|Jane Flannagan||Ann Metzger||Sarah Wendholt|
|Jason Piper||Julie Monetta||Danielle Wendholt|
|Sally Gogel Fischer||Mary Poston||Kim Wilson|
|Annie Gramelspacher||Rafaela Schaick||Brooke Sanders|
|Ken Rihm||Kitty Recker|
"I volunteer because every child deserves to be heard and have a voice – Sarah Wendholt, Volunteer"
"We were comfortably retired when we decided it was time to give back to our communities. We chose the CASA program because we both had a desire to help children. As a couple, we have found it to be beneficial to share processes and experiences, as well as to provide support and advice to each other. This is our way of “paying it forward” and the payback in helping children in immeasurable – Lee & Ginny Begle, Volunteers"
"Wanting change doesn’t make it happen. Just thinking about a child doesn’t impact their life. Volunteering does! If you want good things to happen for the children in our community, volunteer now! – Tammy Warner, Volunteer"