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:
- Award Categories and Criteria (PDF)
- CASA Volunteer Advocate of the Year Nomination Form (PDF)
- Judge of the Year Nomination Form (PDF)
- CASA Director/Staff/Board Member of the Year Nomination Form (PDF)
- Child Protection Specialist of the Year Nomination Form (PDF)
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com, 406.443.2448, with questions or requests for further information.
2015 Park2Park Montana Ride - Update
Over the past ten years, the Park-2-Park Bike Ride, CASA (court appointed special advocates) of Montana’s signature fundraising event, has raised money and public awareness to support the advocacy of Montana’s abused and neglected children. After careful consideration and with much regret, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to forego the ride this year due to challenges regarding the planning and infrastructure of the event. The enthusiasm and energy surrounding the efforts to make the 2015 ride happen was not enough to overcome some practical issues that arose which eroded the timeline for putting on the quality event Park-2-Park has always been. The Board will make a decision by Sept. 15, 2015 as to the future of Park-2-Park carefully considering all the factors and requirements necessary to successfully plan, organize and execute a great ride.
We are grateful for the passion about the ride and the work of CASA of Montana demonstrated by the solid commitment of a core group of volunteers, past riders and donors and potential new riders. CASA of Montana cannot provide support for quality local programs and the direct services to thousands of children in need without your strong, continued support.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation for your continuing support of Park-2-Park and the mission of Montana’s CASA network of 15 independent programs to provide a volunteer advocate for every child who needs one.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Joyce Funda, Executive Director, at 406.443.2448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASA of Montana Elects New Officers and Board of Directors
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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