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Mission

At CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Northeast Tennessee, our mission is to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. We believe that every child is entitled to a safe and stable home. Trained volunteers are the child’s voice to ensure that their needs are identified and addressed.

Goals

  • To provide the number of dedicated and capable volunteer advocates necessary to respond to all the cases within the supported juvenile courts in which CASA involvement is requested and needed.
  • To progressively expand our financial base of support to include both increased individual donor contributions, dedicated corporate and business sponsorships, and more robust financial assistance from community charitable organizations such as United Way.
  • To achieve the measured and financially feasible expansion of CASA to adjacent court jurisdictions currently lacking and needing CASA volunteer advocacy.

Agents of the Court

Our trained volunteers are appointed as official agents of the court. They have the task of representing the best interests of children in cases which demand the court’s action on behalf of the children’s welfare and placement in a caring and secure home.

Child Advocacy – Tough, Rewarding Work

Volunteer advocates diligently monitor, interview and continually assess the children’s care, health and well-being. Advocates report to the court, providing vital information to the presiding judge in support of the best-informed judgments on behalf of the involved children.

Current Efforts

CASA of Northeast Tennessee has made tremendous strides since its founding in 1985, initially under the auspices of East Tennessee State University. Since then it has emerged as an independent, community-based service organization, with 70 dedicated advocates serving some 412 children in 2013. This work was supported by an operating budget of $165,000.00.

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