Southeast CASA Program
Southeast CASA is a 501 c (3) publicly supported Court-Appointed Special Advocates program. We are a member in good standing with the National CASA Association and the SD CASA Association. We received start-up funding from the National CASA Association in July 2011, and opened the Southeast CASA Program office in October of that year. After recruiting and training our first CASA volunteers, we began providing CASA advocacy services in Yankton County in April 2012. Since that time, our volunteers have advocated for 100% of the qualifying children in Yankton County, and are proud to have expanded our service area in July 2015 to include Clay, and Bon Homme counties, while still maintaining our 100% case assignment level. We look forward to adding CASA advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Union County in 2018. Southeast CASA currently has 21 highly-trained CASA volunteers who are assigned by Court Order to a specific Abuse & Neglect petition as the advocate for the children named in the case. The CASA volunteer promotes and protects the best interests of the child or children in the family throughout the case. The CASA volunteer submits regular reports to the Court, reflecting the factual information about the progress and the concerns that the Court should be aware of regarding each child in the family and regarding the children's parents. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the child or children will be in a safe, permanent home at the end of the case. Ideally, that will be back with parents who have made improvements to ensure the children's safety going forward.