Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of South Central Missouri (CASASC) was privileged to participate in a discussion recently led by Missouri First Lady, Sheena Greitens, at the Governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of South Central Missouri (CASASC) was privileged to participate in a discussion recently led by Missouri First Lady, Sheena Greitens, at the Governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

Having grown up with an adopted sibling, Dr. Greitens knows firsthand the struggles of moving through the foster care system, and is passionate about the livelihood of abused and neglected children. CASASC was one of four Missouri CASA programs invited to attend the meeting, with a total of sixteen participants. CASASC was pleased to send three reprentatives from its program, including Emma Lou Brent of Rolla, Board Member; Linda Giger of Rolla, Peer Coordinator; and Sheila Carroll of Cabool, Peer Coordinator.
Dr. Greitens understands the importance of CASA in the courtroom and also in the lives of children, prompting her to include CASA in her discussion about safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children.

According to Giger, “CASA was one of several focus groups that the First Lady has invited to the Missouri Governor’s Mansion for discussion of children in Foster Placement.” Other groups include the Juvenile Office, Children’s Division, Juvenile Judges, and Foster Parents. These entities all work together to move children in foster care through the system quicker and more efficiently without compromising safety—a primary goal of Dr. Greitens herself.

“She allowed each of us to voice our concern—she was genuinely interested in our role and what we thought,” Carroll stated.

Each participant from CASASC expressed that there was a certain warmth about the day, right down to the personal greeting from Dr. Greitens upon arrival. We hope that these meetings will spur on future talks that will benefit our current and future foster children. Each entity works hard to support our children, but results come from unity and community support.
CASASC serves children in Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties. Through citizen volunteers, the CASA organization hopes to advocate for all of the children in the 25th Judicial Circuit by the year 2020.

CASA Volunteers have a pivotal role in the lives of abused and neglected children, and offer a source of hope and consistency in a child’s life. CASASC is in need of volunteers to consider speaking out for an abused and neglected child today. For more information, contact Brock Whisler at 573-202-8405, casa25outco@gmail.com, or visit www.casascmo.org.