FOUNDER AND FRIENDS: Founder of Tulsa CASA Barbara Geffen, Executive Director Pam Dose and President of the Board Stacey Butterfield during the recent annual dinner.

Tulsa Court Appointed Special Advocates or have made a lasting impression in the area over the last 25 years. The mission of Tulsa is to speak for the best interest of abused and neglected children in court. The organization promotes and supports volunteer representation for the children in an effort to provide each child a safe, permanent and nurturing home.

Volunteers are assigned to specific court cases by a judge. Some of their responsibilities include making reports to the court after reviewing records and talking to everyone involved including the children, parents, family members, teachers and attorneys. While the case is in action, the volunteer spends time visiting the child on a regular basis while monitoring their situation and making sure that they are safe.

When a child is involved in a court case, often the situation behind the case is a lot to carry on their shoulders. Volunteers provide a caring and committed advocate for them during the process.

Interested individuals are encouraged to become involved in the organization. trains volunteers from any backgrounds and experience levels.

Tulsa was founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1987 as a non-profit organization. In 1989, the organization was admitted as a Tulsa Area United Way Member. Tulsa operates under agreements with the Tulsa County Juvenile Court.

For more information about the organization and volunteer opportunities, visit www.tulsacasa.org or call 918-584-2272.

Updated 12-14-2010

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