MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN
What is CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. The CASA program was developed in Seattle by a judge who was plagued with the feeling that he did not have adequate information about the cases he was hearing. There are now nearly 1,000 CASA programs in cities across the United States. Oklahoma currently has 22 local CASA programs.
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Little Dixie CASA serves Choctaw, McCurtain, and Pushmataha Counties in Oklahoma.
Provide a volunteer to serve as advocate for every abused or deprived child who comes before our District Court.
We embrace the challenge of ongoing change. We strive to adapt and adjust our thinking and behavior in order to best respond to new conditions and circumstances as they arise.
We acknowledge that we are part of a greater network and that success in meeting our mission comes from unity, cooperation, and working collaboratively with our board of directors, our umbrella agency - Little Dixie CAA, Inc., Oklahoma CASA, National CASA, other local programs, and external stakeholders.
We always try to do the right thing. We are honest and straightforward with each other. We are accountable for our conduct and our decisions to one another and those we serve. We act with integrity and honesty in the work that we do, the people that we interact with, and in the decisions that we make.
We provide a welcoming, inclusive, working environment for staff and volunteers and treat each other with respect and dignity.
We pursue excellence in all we do. We support and pursue growth and development in our program as we provide advocacy for abused and neglected children.
We respond to the needs and best interests of abused and neglected children and the volunteers we serve using innovative solutions. We contribute positively to our communities and our environment.
We are careful and responsible managers of the resources entrusted to our care. Our stewardship extends to all gifts we are given including monetary, human, physical, our reputation, and the good will of our communities. We are faithful to our mission and our values, doing what is best for the program.