The Judicial District VII CASA Program began serving children in April 1991 and serves children in Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton Counties as appointed.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) concept is based on the commitment that every child has a right to a safe permanent home. The mission of the Judicial District VII CASA Program, Inc., is to provide, for Court appointment, trained volunteer Guardians ad Litem to represent the best interests of each abused and neglected child, in the 10 county area of District Seven, who fall under the purview of the Child Protection Act, Idaho Code Chapter 16.
Judicial District VII CASA Program, Inc., recruits, trains, screens, coordinates and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of these children, throughout their involvement in the Judicial System. When a child is removed from his or her home as a result of abuse or neglect, a Judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to research the background of the child and report his or her findings to the Court along with recommendations as to what must happen to ensure that the child best interests will be met. Once the Court has reached a decision, volunteers monitor the case to assure that the Orders of the Court are being followed, until the case has been resolved or dismissed. Each CASA volunteer has the assistance of a Volunteer Attorney who reviews the CASA’s Report to Court and provides technical and legal support, in the court and throughout the case.