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Each year in the USA, more than 500,000 children are placed in some form of foster care and thrust into the court system. They have committed no crime but are simply child victims who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. It is then up to the judge to decide their futures. The judge must consider the following: Did the conditions at home warrant removal? Is the home now safe enough to allow the child’s return or should that child be permanently placed in another home? In the past judges have often had to base these decisions on incomplete information. Today, more than 50,000 people are speaking up for these children as volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Guardians Ad Litem (GAL). CASA/GAL volunteers currently advocate for children in over 900 programs in the USA, speaking for the best interests of approximately 229,000 children. Though it is an impressive statistic, that is only about one third of abused and neglected children in the court system. CASA volunteers provide a fresh perspective to the juvenile court. Their presence on cases helps to ensure that children who were abused or neglected do not suffer further abuse at the hands of over-burdened child welfare systems.
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Our Executive Director
Attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Alisa worked with the Department of Children’s Services for over 10 years as a Foster Care Case Manager and later as a Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer. She was hired as a Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer for Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Knoxville Office, and worked in this position for approximately 7 years. During her time with Holston Home for Children, Alisa attended graduate courses with Lincoln Memorial University and worked on courses in Education with an emphasis on Supervision. Alisa currently resides with her family in Vonore, Tennessee. Alisa can be reached via email at email@example.com
Alisa M. Hobbs
Our Mission & Approach
To promote and support court-appointed volunteer advocacy to represent the best interest of children who find themselves in the court system because of abuse or neglect. We recognize that the welfare of all children should be a priority. The goal of CASA volunteers is to gather critical and objective information to be used by the court in deciding the most beneficial placement of such a child, aiming for a safe and permanent home in which they can grow and thrive.