CHILD ADVOCATES of Northeast Oklahoma

About Us

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma is a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) agency.  Headquartered in Claremore, Oklahoma, the organization supports CASA volunteers in both the 12th Judicial District (Rogers, Mayes, and Craig Counties) and the13th Judicial District (Ottawa and Delaware Counties) as well as the courts of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma.

To better serve the 13th Judicial District, CANO (Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma) also maintains a branch office in Miami, Oklahoma.

Mission

The mission of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma/CASA is to speak for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the courts of Northeastern Oklahoma.  We recruit and support quality volunteer representation for children with a goal to ensure each child is placed in a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.

Why is CASA so important?

In court proceedings involving abused and neglected children, CASA Volunteers provide an unbiased, child-focused point of view that is vital to help determine what situations will allow a child to thrive. In most cases, the children represented by CASA Volunteers have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. A judge then must decide if a child can safely return home to his or her family or if a permanent home must be arranged to keep a child healthy and safe. When considering the actions of parents or child welfare agencies, it’s the child who has the most at stake and their needs can often be overlooked. The CASA Volunteer and organization acts as the voice for the child to ensure their best interests are in the forefront.

What is a CASA Volunteer?

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a community volunteer who is recruited, trained and supervised by a CASA Advocate Supervisor and appointed by a Judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children during a dependency case. CASA Volunteers spend an average of 10-15 hours a month advocating for a child and the average case is one and a half years.  The CASA Volunteer gathers information from those who know the child best and acts as the “eyes and ears” for the Judge during the child’s time in foster care.

 

Why is a CASA Volunteer needed?

The CASA Volunteer is often the only one constant person advocating for the minor(s) throughout the duration of the case, often holding the child’s history, and providing a caring and supportive person that the child can trust.  The on-going presence of a CASA volunteer helps prevent children from languishing in foster care while helping to ensure they end up with a safe and permanent home.

 

How are CASA Volunteers assigned to cases?

Once a child has been removed from his/her home due to unsafe living conditions, court hearings will be held to determine if the child should remain out of the home. At the dispositional hearing, the parent/s will be given a treatment plan, also known as an ISP. It is typically at this point when a CASA is requested. The Advocate Coordinator will then draw up the court order appointing the volunteer. Attention is given to try and match up the best volunteer for each case in regards to personal preferences, geographical location, and expertise.

To learn more about what is involved in being a CASA volunteer, be sure to read the CASA Volunteer Spotlight article (below).

Links for Community Resources

Use the following links to access a variety of community resource lists for Northeastern Oklahoma.

FOOD CLOTHING AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES-2017

HOTLINE AND POLICE DEPT NUMBERS

OKLAHOMA CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION: Use this LINK to access information about the Oklahoma Crime Victims Compensation on the ok.gov website.

OTTAWA CO RESOURCE DIRECTORY NOV 2016

TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES

Domestic Violence Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

Hotline advocates are available 24/7 everyday of the year to provide confidential crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Use this LINK to access a list of how to offer support to a victim of domestic violence.

Child Abuse Resources

Oklahoma Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-522-3511

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, take the following action:

  • Call the Oklahoma Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-522-3511
  • If the child is in imminent danger, call 911 or contact local law enforcement.

All calls to the Oklahoma hotline are confidential. 

Failure to report suspected child abuse is a misdemeanor offense. People who report suspected abuse in “good faith” are immune from criminal and civil liability.

Use this LINK to access their website for additional resources regarding child abuse.

National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

The Child help National Child Abuse Hotline is staffed 24/7 with professional crisis counselors. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential. 

Use this LINK to access their website for additional resources regarding child abuse.

Meet Our Staff

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma/CASA has a highly qualified staff of professionals. Use the link above to read their bios.

Board of Directors

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma appreciates the time and dedication of the agency’s Board of Directors in helping ensure that the mission of CASA is achieved in northeastern Oklahoma. Use the link above to meet our current Board.