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CHILD ADVOCATES of Northeast Oklahoma

Achieve Your Goals This Year

Goalcast Lifestory – John O’Leary

John O’Leary is featured in this Lifestory video produced by Goalcast. O’Leary’s story is one of overcoming insurmountable odds. He shares how a legendary sports broadcaster, Jack Buck, inspired him to beat the odds and then become successful. He says Jack Buck changed his life in “8-second increments” simply by meeting him where he was.

Our work as child advocates is exactly the same. You may not have the clout of Jack Buck, but you do have the ability to meet children where they are, in the most difficult of situations, and inspire them to live a better life. You can empower them by being their voice in the courtroom. You can make a lasting difference that will propel them to a healthy, happy life.

As supporters of CASA, you have the opportunity to inspire the uninspired. You can be the one to make a lifelong impact. Will you step up and meet these children where they are?

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CASA Volunteers Serving Quapaw Tribe

Quapaw Chairman John Berrey and Melinda Stotts, Vice President of the CASA Board of Directors

In September 2017, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma/CASA made a formal agreement with the Quapaw Tribe to provide Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children under their tribal jurisdiction. CASA staff and volunteers are excited about expanding their services to the Quapaw children.

A tribal judge will assign CASA volunteers to cases of child abuse and neglect within the tribal court system. Once assigned to a case, the CASA volunteers have the power to observe the child’s situation, report to the court, make recommendations and ask for changes that are in the best interest of the child. That child will have a “new voice” in the courtroom and a better chance for finding a safe, loving forever home.

Jon D. Douthitt, District Court Judge for the Quapaw Tribal Court, was instrumental in getting this agreement formalized. Judge Douthitt is delighted to see it come to fruition. He stated, “Children can be lost in the shuffle during legal proceedings that will profoundly affect them. CASA works to make sure that these children’s interests are protected and that the impact of the court proceedings on them is reduced to the extent possible.”

In the 1800’s, the Quapaw Tribe, like so many other tribes, was relocated to a reservation in Oklahoma Territory. Most of the Quapaw people still live in the state today. The Tribe’s headquarters, which is located in Quapaw, OK, lies within the 13th Judicial District which CANO currently is serving. This expansion into the Quapaw Tribal Court is a “win-win” for all involved.

“This is an important step in assuring all Tribal members’ children and other citizens’ children are safe and well cared for in our communities. This goes to the heart of our values, as family-oriented people. So, we are honored to be part of the CASA system,” said Quapaw Chairman John Berrey.

CASA Board President Susan Young added, “The board members of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma are very happy to have the opportunity to provide CASA services to the Quapaw tribe. We look forward to working with Judge Douthitt, Chairman Berrey, and the Quapaw Tribal Courts to assure the safety and security of all the tribe’s children.”

2018 CASA Newsletters

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2017 CASA Newsletters

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