Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the 9th Judicial District is one of many Roane County agencies that provide services to children in need. They provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children by advocating for each child, within the Court’s jurisdiction, in order to ensure safety, permanency and an opportunity to thrive. Advocates are trained volunteers and are appointed by the court to be the eyes and ears, reporting what investigators and social services may not see.
An Advocate was appointed to represent a child who was in the custody of the mother. The Department of Children’s Services had an open investigation however did not discover anything in the home that they believed placed the child at imminent risk to warrant removal.
The CASA Advocate, through her thorough investigation, discovered that the mother was manufacturing methamphetamine in the home where the child lived. She also discovered that there were two other children living in the home who were also being exposed to the dangerous environment of a meth lab.
Because the CASA volunteer has fewer cases than the DCS caseworker, she was able to uncover risk factors to these three children that the caseworker overlooked. Because of this CASA volunteer, these three children were removed from a hazardous environment and they are all in safe placements. The mother was arrested and is currently incarcerated on drug and child neglect charges.