To recruit, train and support community volunteers who assist the court in protecting the best interests of abused and neglected children in Southwest Missouri.
As a partner with other agencies, CASA advocates for the highest quality of care for abused and neglected children, providing them a chance for a happy childhood and an opportunity to thrive in adulthood.
Our Primary Purpose
To provide a consistent voice in the courtroom for every abused and neglected child in Greene County who needs one.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri (CASA-SWMO) was started in 1986 as a project of the Child Advocacy Council of Greene County, which was originally organized to find ways to strengthen family life in the Southwest Missouri area. The Council found there were a number of abused and neglected children that were foundering in the foster care system and proposed to start a CASA program.
The Council recommended the CASA “Friend of the Court” program as the model that would best complement the GAL program already in use in Greene County. They adapted and modified portions of their program from the St. Louis CASA program. A working relationship with Juvenile Court was established, support from the Division of Children’s Services was obtained, and start-up funding was secured from the Junior League of Springfield. The first CASA volunteer was appointed in 1988, and in April 1989 the program was incorporated as a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.