The program matches trained adult volunteers with children going through the tribal and state court systems who need assistance and, often, have nowhere else to turn. The volunteer’s role is to create consistency in the child’s life and ensure the child is appropriately represented and heard in court proceedings.
The aim of CASA is to empower and educate our people to speak for vulnerable children with strength, understanding and respect for our culture and traditions. At its heart, the program is about putting – and keeping – children in safe and permanent homes.
In 2011, we signed an agreement with the Office of Public Advocacy establishing Kenai Peninsula CASA – the first CASA program to operate through a direct partnership between tribal and state government. As part of the agreement, CASA volunteers are dually trained to participate in tribal and state court proceedings.
The program has since served more than 70 children and continues to grow. We host volunteer training meetings throughout the year and encourage anyone who is interested to contact us and learn more.
Contact – Location
508 Upland St. (next to the Dena’ina Wellness Center)
Kenai, AK 99611