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Franklin County CASA, Inc. advocates for the best interest of children of abuse and neglect who are under the protection of the Franklin County Juvenile Court.
Through highly trained community Volunteers the child’s needs are heard, researched and advocated for throughout the duration of the child’s time before the court, thus securing a safe and permanent home for all such children.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month!

 

As you know, the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri (CAC) in collaboration with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County (CASA) planted a Pinwheel Garden at the Franklin County Courthouse last year to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect prevention.  Your support was instrumental in making the garden a reality.  The feedback we received from the community and state was overwhelmingly positive. 

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Once again, the CAC and CASA of Franklin County along with Grace’s Place Franklin County Crisis Nursery will be planting the Pinwheel Garden in Union, MO.  We have attached an invitation to sponsor a pinwheel or pinwheels.

 

If you are interested in more information about the CASA program, please contact the Executive Director, Glenda Volmert at franklincasa@yhti.net or (636) 583-4422 or if you are interested in more information about Grace’s Place Franklin County Crisis Nursery, please contact the Executive Director, Amanda Jones at amandajonesjp@gmail.com or (636)432-1313. 

 

If you would like to sponsor a pinwheel, we have a sponsor form attached pinwheels Braeden.JPG(click here) and you can mail your payment to the CAC, 14 S. Washington, Union, MO  63084.  When you sponsor a pinwheel, we will tag a pinwheel in your honor. 

 

 

Please direct any questions about the event or the CAC to our Family Advocate, Kathy Carr at kcarr@comtrea.org  or via phone at (636) 584-0222.

 

Glenda Volmert---Named Top CASA Director

Franklin County CASA Executive Director Glenda Volmert has been recognized for her hard work and dedication in helping children who are in the local court system by being named the organization’s 2013 program director of the year in Missouri.

Glenda received notification of her recognition earlier this month and officially will accept her award on April 25th during the CASA Show Me Gala in Columbia.

“I appreciate getting this award, but I’m a little humbled by it,” . “There are a lot of good people here working toward a common goal. There are a lot of people here doing the work.”

“I take pride in understanding our mission and focus on what we can do for each child in order to make a difference,”. “If all of us understand and believe in the focus of our mission, it makes my job easier. And, we all do that here.”

Glenda has been the only director Franklin County’s CASA has ever had.

“This community was ready for CASA when we started,” Glenda said. “As we continue to grow, I continue to be proud of the work we do. And one of the things I am most proud of is the fact that we all do work together to problem solve and help the children we deal with. We do that each and every day. .

“If this award can help bring awareness to what we do, then I’m all for it.”

Glenda gives credit to her board of directors, her staff who handle caseloads and help in the office and the trained volunteers who handle the specific cases on the front lines with the children, their families and the foster homes.

“We’re all important here,”

“Glenda has worked diligently to serve the foster children and their families in Franklin County since the founding of our organization, sharing her talents and energy to motivate all of us to help kids find permanency,” Franklin County CASA board of directors President Debbie Depew said.

President Depew nominated Glenda for the program director of the year award on behalf of the local board of directors. Criteria on the nomination form stated that the winner was selected “based on outstanding leadership qualities resulting in the enhanced quality of a program’s advocacy.”

“Glenda Volmert has served as the executive director of Franklin County CASA since its inception in 2006,” Depew said in her nomination. “She has brought the program from infancy to adolescence to become a mid-size CASA.”

 

 

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Giving Children A Voice In Foster Care

 

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National CASA CEO Michael Piraino's New Year's address to the CASA network.  Video

 


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2014 Events

 

Family Fun Day April 12th  St.Clair Elementary 11-2. Free event for families. Click here for more details.

            

Messy Play Night April 16th  6-7:30 at ECC Free event for children 0-8. Click for details

 

CASA at the Capital April 16th.  Franklin County CASA joins CASA programs from Missouri at the capital to speak to legislature about the needs of our kids.

 

2nd Annual Show Me Giving Gala April 25th in Columbia Our Director Glenda Volmert (story here)will receive top director award.  Click for details.

 

Blue Sunday of Prayer April 27th- Click for details