Dubois County CASA


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 CASA staff.

CASAs average 5-7 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.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Dubois County CASA is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Circuit Court System. Based on the belief that children are entitled to a safe and permanent home, CASA works in the court system through trained community volunteers, in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to serve as the child’s advocate and represent the child in juvenile court.  The CASA Program is an inclusive organization whose governing body members, employees, and volunteers reflect the diversity of the children they serve.

Volunteer Testimonials

“As a CASA volunteer I have the opportunity to give back to my community and be the voice the our most important asset, the children.  The time I have put into advocating for children has given me more back than I ever imagined.  The community needs our services and it is a way to pay it forward.  See the need, fill the need, the children deserve it.” Jason Pieper - volunteer

“I volunteer as a CASA because I love making a difference in a child’s life. Showing them that someone else is in their corner, fighting for them so they have the life they deserve.”  Colleen Whalen, volunteer

What is the process to become a volunteer?

1. Click on Apply Now below and complete the application. You will need the email addresses of 3 references who are not family.  It is a good idea to have those ready before starting the application.
2. Once your application is submitted, the Director will contact you to set up a personal interview.
3.  You will join other potential CASA volunteers in a training class.  This class will be held twice a week for four weeks.  This training will also include courtroom observation and shadowing a seasoned volunteer.
4. Once sworn in as an advocate, you will receive your first case and will have the support of your supervisor and other seasoned volunteers.
Next new volunteer class:
Class will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each of the following evenings.
Tuesday, January 18, Thursday, January 20
Tuesday, January 25, Thursday, January 27
Tuesday, February 8, Thursday, February 10
Tuesday, February 15, Thursday, February 17

For more information call 812.639.0143

Apply Now

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 through the Dubois County Community Foundation.  
Please consider remembering the CASA endowment in your estate planning.  

Leadership Team

            Deena Hubler, Director                     adhubler@duboiscountyin.org               812.639.0143

            Deanna Baur, Supervisor                   dlbaur@duboiscountyin.org                  812.639.4854

           Natosha Messmer, Supervisor        nbmessmer@duboiscountyin.org            812.631.2458

 Current Volunteers

Angie Anderson  Theresa Gilley Patty Oser
Kimberly Becher  Lisa Guthrie  Kim Harmon  
 Jill Tretter Tina Martin Billie Jo Timm 
Annie Gramelspacher  Sharon Meyer Jamie Seitz
Faron Lasher Audra Fleck  Lori Wigand
 Kim Wampler Kaye Jerrell  Sally Gogel Fischer 
Clayton Boyles  Dawn Kilian  Cody Bailey
Morgan Thewes Nicole Lampert Debra Schmitt 
Cindy Stewart  Tonya Eckert Wanda Haas
Renee  Nord Kim Lampert-Tucker  Carrie Speer
Debbie Schmitt Kelly Lehmkuhler  Michelle Sternberg 
Shawn Dooley  Ashley Fair  Angie Schuch
Bryan Heeke Shelby Corbett Heath Wright
Katherine Songer  Ken Rihm  Kitty Recker 
Jason Piper Dana Wood  

A Histoy 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.