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Make CASA Become A Reality in Haywood County

What is a CASA?

A CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who is a trained volunteer that helps children who are going through the court system, independent of the family and the state, to advocate for that child’s best future.

“The future strength of a community rests in its children and the futures that are being built for those children. In an ideal world all children would have safe and stable homes and people advocating for them.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. CASA volunteers step into that void, and make sure that every child in a community has someone who is advocating for their present and their future.”

-Hannah Snowden, Madison County CASA Executive Director

CASA in Haywood County

The CASA program is expanding into Haywood County. The mission of CASA in Haywood County is to advocate for safe, permanent, and nurturing homes for abused and neglected children by providing specially selected and trained community volunteers. We hope to raise enough support and interest, as well as funds, so that we can fully support operations of a Haywood County CASA. 

*If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer in Haywood County please contact: hannah@madisoncountycasa.org 

Why CASA Matters

“One of the first items on my to-do list when I was sworn in as judge in January of 2022 was to look into bringing CASA to Haywood County.  I have seen first hand the positive impact CASA volunteers have on the juvenile court system and in a child’s life. Having a CASA volunteer involved in dependency and neglect proceedings significantly improves the process and gives the child a voice and to me that is paramount.  Every child going through these proceedings deserves to be heard and to be advocated for and CASA fulfills both of those needs.  I am excited to partner with Madison County CASA and finally bring CASA to Haywood County.” 

– Judge Jennifer Scott, General Sessions & Juvenile Judge

“Having adopted one of our son’s from foster care, I understand the core need of this program. I think back to many particular instances where CASA would have been incredibly helpful during his 3 year stay in State custody. It is 100% never the fault of the child that they end up in the court system. Yet, they are sometimes the least championed for, due to circumstances. The citizens of Haywood County love nothing more than to help someone thrive, experience motivation, and go on to be successful. Therefore, I am overjoyed and eager to watch and participate as CASA unfolds in Haywood County.”

– Natalie Pinner, Advisory Board Member 

CASA in the News

Brownsville Press 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022