CASA of Missoula is holding a fundraiser, a play, ONE NIGHT ONLY! Ella: The Life And Times of Ella Knowles will be held at Missoula Community Theater for the Performing Arts, September 28th, 2018. Dinner (included with ticket) and no-host beer and wine start at 5:30. Live music. Play starts at 7PM. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door.
Enjoy an evening of gourmet french food and theatre! Ella:The Life and Times of Ella Knowles depicts the riveting tale of the first woman attorney. Ella Knowles’ tenacity paved the way for women today! Thanks to CASA board member Leslie Stoll O’Neill, proceeds from the evening will be donated to CASA!
Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” of the judge, gathering relevant information about the child and the family. They make recommendations to the judge regarding what is in the child’s best interests. A CASA volunteer works to ensure that the child is placed in a safe, permanent, nurturing home as quickly as possible.
CASA volunteers are compassionate, objective, self-motivated individuals from the community who are trained to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers submit an application with references, complete an interview with the program staff, and attend training. A complete criminal history and child abuse registry check are performed on each applicant. Upon completion of their training, CASA volunteers are sworn in by the juvenile court judge and adhere to strict confidentiality and professionalism throughout their appointment.
Advocate: CASA gives the child a voice in court. CASA volunteers speak up for the child by making recommendations regarding the child’s best interests in a written court report.
Investigate: CASA evaluates the child’s situation through an objective lens. CASA volunteers carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child.
Facilitate: CASA identifies resources and services for the child to encourage a collaborative relationship between all the parties on a case.
Monitor: CASA ensures the rights of abused and neglected children are being protected and the child’s best interests are being met.