Sioux Falls Area CASA Programhttp://www.siouxfallscasa.org
The Sioux Falls Area Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program seeks to promote and protect the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers. The Sioux Falls Area CASA Program recruits, trains and supervises volunteers from the community to advocate for abused and neglected children. These volunteers are required to complete a screening process which includes the completion of an application form, an interview, background check and 30 hours of pre-service training. Once the volunteer has been accepted by the program a case is assigned. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who care about kids. CASA volunteers come from all backgrounds. Many work full time jobs and some are students or retired people. The role of the volunteer is to learn all there is to know about each child involved in their case. After gathering all the information about the child's history, current status and needs the volunteer submits a report to the court with all the facts gathered, concerns and recommendations regarding the best interests of the child. This report helps the judge make the most informed decision about the child's future. The Sioux Falls Area CASA Program serves Minnehaha and Lincoln counties in South Dakota.