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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

CASA Connection wants to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Susie & Lisa are so grateful for all of our volunteers, board members, attorneys & DHHS staff & case managers we work with.

We also give thanks to our generous supporters including: The Snow-Redfern Foundation, the Columbus Area United Way, Nebraska CASA Association, National CASA Association, the Nebraska Crime Commission, Platte and Colfax counties. Thank you as well to Grace Jewelry, US Bank for their donations of items that will be given to our "CASA children" and anyone else who has made a donation to CASA Connection this year. We feel very blessed by all the support.

CASA Connection expands to Nance County

CASA Connection, the local Court Appointed Special Advocate program advocating for Foster children in Platte and Colfax County is now expanding into Nance County.

CASA Connection is a non-profit agency that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises community volunteers who advocate in the best interest of abused and neglected children. These children are in court through no fault of their own. They have been placed into the state’s custody and into the foster care system.

Susie Jarecki, the program’s Executive Director stated, “We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who provide advocacy to children who deserve someone in their corner. It is important to us to ensure all children who need an advocate, have one.”

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are well-trained and speak in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers are appointed to a case by the judge. The volunteer's goal is to provide a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child's future. Each home placement case is as unique as the child involved. 

The CASA volunteer researches the child's best interests to stay with his or her parents or guardians, remain in foster care, or permanent adoption. The CASA volunteer makes a recommendation on placement and follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved. CASA volunteers are often the only stable factor in an often frightening and difficult ordeal for a child. 

Nebraska has more than 3,000 children each year who are taken from their homes and placed with someone else, often a family they do not know. These children negotiate a new home, new school, and attend courtroom hearings with a revolving door of adults; all while coping with the trauma of abuse and neglect.

These children deserve and need someone in their corner to make sure their voices and wishes  are heard, and their needs are met.

To find out more about CASA Connection please visit our website at casaconnectionne.com or give us a call at 402.563.4944. 

Grace Jewelry Early Bird Christmas Preview event November 1st-5th

New CASA Connection volunteer sworn in

Congratulations to Terri Lab-CASA Connection's newest volunteer advocate
On September 30, the Honorable Frank J. Skorupa swore in CASA Connection's newest volunteer advocate, Terri Lab of Columbus. Terri recently completed the CASA program pre-service training in order to advocate for children in our community. Along with being officially sworn in Terri has already accepted her first case to advocate for. We are grateful that she has chosen to volunteer her time advocating for these children. Thank you Terri. If you know Terri please congratulate her and welcome her to the CASA family. 

Chalk It Up For CASA winners announced. Congratulations Claire Renner of Columbus for being the Grand Prize Winner in the Nebraska State CASA Association's Chalk It Up For CASA chalk art competition!!!

Winners of the "I'm a Little Cutie" Baby Contest Announced
The annual "I'm a Little Cutie" baby contest fundraiser was held during Columbus Days recently.

The winners in each age group are: 

0-6 months: 
First Place: Kamilla Jarecki
2nd Place: Hazel Catherine Stempek
3rd Place: Maliha Hernandez

7-12 months
First Place: Ella McPhillips
2nd Place: Silas Micek
3rd Place: Kimber Schefcyk

13-18 months
First Place: Tatum Beranek
2nd Place: Rayli Zimmerman
3rd Place: Finnley Banahan

 

CASA Connection welcomes a new volunteer!! Congratulations to Keith Luedders who was sworn in April 15 by the Honorable Frank Skorupa, Platte County juvenile court judge. Keith is ready to advocate for the children in our community who deserve big hearted adults willing to be their voice in the juvenile court system. In fact he has already jumped in with both feet and has accepted his first case to advocate for! Please welcome them into the CASA family.

 

Congratulations Claire Renner of Columbus for being the Grand Prize Winner in the Nebraska State CASA Association's Chalk It Up For CASA chalk art competition!!!

Congratulations Claire Renner of Columbus for being the Grand Prize Winner in the Nebraska State CASA Association's Chalk It Up For CASA chalk art competition!!!

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