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Welcome to CASA of Montana

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Montana is a nonprofit organization that partners with 15 local nonprofit programs in Montana. CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are appointed by district court judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA of Montana’s mission is to promote advocacy for these children so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. Over 600 CASA volunteers advocate for over 2,600 neglected and abused children caught up in the child protection and foster care system through no fault of their own. We are the voice of the child.

Together we support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

CASA of the Year Awards Nominations Underway

Every year, CASA of Montana recognizes four special individuals: a CASA volunteer advocate, a judge, a CASA director/staff/board member and a child protection specialist. Awards will be presented to the winners at the opening ceremony and luncheon of the Child Abuse and Neglect Conference at the Red Lion Hotel in Helena, Montana on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Hon. James B. Rice, Associate Justice, Montana Supreme Court, will present the awards.

Downloadable instructions and nomination forms:

Nominations must include a packet of materials including at least one letter from someone other than the nominator – ideally a county attorney, judge, social work supervisor, etc. Complete nomination packets must be submitted to Joyce Funda, Executive Director, CASA of Montana. Submissions are due no later than 5:00 p.m., March 10, 2015, via email, jfunda@casagal.org, and/or US mail. If submissions are made electronically, all documents must be scans of the originals, including signatures, to be followed by mailing hard copies to:

Joyce Funda, Executive Director
CASA of Montana
PO Box 1046
Helena, MT 59624

Please contact Joyce Funda, jfunda@casagal.org, 406.443.2448, with questions or requests for further information.

2015 Park2Park Montana Ride Route Announced

The Tenth Anniversary Park2Park Ride to benefit CASA of Montana and its local programs is scheduled for Monday, September 14 – Friday, September 15, 2015. The ride will begin at East Glacier Park Lodge and end at Gardiner, the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The route is approximately 404 miles.

The final details are being nailed down by our expert, experienced volunteer steering committee. A coordinator will be announced soon along with further details, such as registration instructions, cost, etc.

Also, please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/park2parkmontana for information.

Please call 406.443.2448 or send an email to info@casagal.org with questions or further information.

Thank you all for the tremendous support and interest in this year’s ride. It won’t be a success without your support.

CASA of Montana Elects New Officers and Board of Directors

Marcus Lilley

At its annual meeting, CASA of Montana (court appointed special advocates) elected new officers and Board of Directors. Marcus Lilley of Livingston, Montana was elected President for a term ending Jan. 2016. Marcus moved to Livingston in February 2005. Born and raised in Central Montana, he has a great love for sports, animals, the outdoors and CASA. He operates a hand-forged lighting manufacturing company in Livingston in partnership with his aunt and uncle. He is also a Board Member and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for CASA of Park and Sweet Grass Counties. Marcus also serves as a CASA Volunteer Advocate.

Approximately 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect every day in the United States, and four of them will die, every day. CASA of Montana, Inc., together with local programs, supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. CASA has 15 local non-profit programs which work together for the welfare of Montana’s children, providing them with a voice, hope, and a future. These programs provide trained volunteers as advocates to children in some 60 percent of the abuse/neglect cases throughout the state. The local programs service 41 of Montana’s 56 counties and provide more than 600 trained volunteers. CASA of Montana’s office is in Helena, Montana.

2014 One Voice Statewide Training Conference Materials Available

CASA of Montana held the first ever statewide volunteer training advocate conference in Great Falls, Montana, in October 2014. Materials from the conference will continue to be posted for your reference on the Resources for Montana's Local Programs page.

CASA of Montana Specialty License Plate

Montana vehicle owners can help lift up the voices of Montana’s children. By purchasing a CASA specialty license plate, vehicle owners can now truly give a “moving” gift to support the local CASA programs that help improve the lives of vulnerable children.

You can order a plate when you renew your registration at your local licensing office. Specialty plates cost a set fee ($45) and can be renewed annually. The fee includes a $25 donation which will benefit the CASA program in the area where you purchase your plate. Every purchase of a CASA specialty license plate is a major contribution to CASA's goal of lifting up the voices and lives of abused and neglected children.

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