The Mission of CASA Monroe
Our mission is to promote and support court-appointed volunteer advocacy to represent the best interest of children who find themselves in the court system because of abuse or neglect. We recognize that the welfare of all children should be a priority. The goal of CASA volunteers is to gather critical and objective information to be used by the court in deciding the most beneficial placement of such a child, aiming for a safe and permanent home in which they can grow and thrive.
Message from the Honorable Dwaine B. Thomas
As Judge of the Juvenile Court for Monroe County, I would like to express my wholehearted support for CASA Monroe. We have assigned cases to CASA Advocates ranging from abuse and neglect to truancy to juvenile justice cases and these trained volunteers have been extremely beneficial in helping the court understand details in the children's lives that contribute to their situation. CASA's written reports summarize the history of each case and then give updates on the latest activities surrounding the child. Advocates then provide their suggestions or positions related to the best interest of each child. The attorneys who serve as Guardians Ad Litem for the children or defense attorneys for the parents find CASA reports useful as well. They provide extra details that help them do their job for these children and families. CASA also works closely with our Department of Children's Services and court staff. All in all, CASA has become an important part of our court "team" which is dedicated to the successful future of each child. We are fortunate to have CASA Monroe in our community. The organization provides an important serve to our families and the court at no charge. More importantly, CASA Advocates speak up for the children, our most vulnerable citizens, who need a voice. It's the children who ultimately benefit from CASA's work.