CASA of the Heartland's Mission

Our mission is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children, so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. Our work is made possible by our dedicated CASA volunteers; our professional staff; and support from our Family Court Judges, community partners, and generous donors.

The child welfare system is a complex structure, intimidating to almost everyone in contact with its inner workings. Already-traumatized children must interact with this large, intricate, overburdened system, including law enforcement, child protective services, social workers, judges, attorneys, pediatricians, therapists, school systems, teachers, family members, therapeutic institutions, and foster parents. The ultimate goal is to find a safe, permanent, loving home for each child embroiled in this daunting process.

Through our work, we aim to:

  • Connect the children to whom we are assigned with targeted services and the treatment they need to recover from the trauma they’ve endured.
  • Break generational cycles of abuse and neglect.
  • Ensure safe, permanent, loving homes for children, and healthy communities for generations to come.

Our goal is to recruit enough volunteers to provide a CASA for every child in the Hardin County Family Court system at any given time.

Last year, over 300 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect in Hardin County. These children need a voice to advocate for their best interests, and a guide to help them navigate through the complicated judicial system. CASA volunteers can provide that necessary guidance and advocacy so that Hardin County’s most vulnerable children don’t fall between the cracks of our severely overburdened Child Welfare system.