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Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL)

 

CASA®/GAL: A Powerful Voice in a Child's Life
Children helped by a CASA/GAL are victims of dependency, neglect, and abuse


Make a difference in a child's life--right here in Wood County!
You can make a difference in a child's life by becoming a CASA/GAL Volunteer. Please contact the program office and request the application packet. After submitting the application, you will meet with CASA Office staff. The CASA program will provide training needed to become and remain an effective volunteer advocate.

Be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, but if you don't find the answer you're looking for, please contact us.

The Wood County CASA/GAL Program is a department within the Wood County Juvenile CourtThe program receives funding from donations from both public and private sectors in Wood County, VOCA and state grant funds and some financial support for administrative expenses from the Wood County Juvenile Court and Wood County Commissioners. Funding is also provided to the program by the non-profit Friends of Wood County CASA advisory board.


Mission Statement for CASA/GAL Program
The mission of the Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Program is to recruit, train, guide, monitor and maintain qualified CASA/GAL volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardians ad Litem) who are appointed by the Wood County Juvenile Court Judge as Guardians ad Litem to advocate for the best interests of children who are before the court as a result of abuse, neglect and dependency as defined by state child welfare laws. CASA/GAL volunteers serve as an independent voice throughout the Juvenile Court proceedings until a safe and permanent home is found for each child.


CASA/GAL Program Goal 
The immediate goal of the Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Program is to provide trained community volunteers to advocate for the "best interests" of children who come into the court system as a result of abuse, neglect or dependency, recognizing the diverse needs of the children served which includes diversity in race, ethnicity, economic, gender and geographic needs.

Our long term goal is to provide a CASA/GAL for each and every child who enters the court system as a result of abuse, neglect or dependency.

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