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      Make a lifelong difference
for a child

Frequently Asked Questions:


What is a CASA?


Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” of the judge, gathering relevant information about the child and the family.  They make recommendations to the judge regarding what is in the child’s best interests. A CASA volunteer works to ensure that the child is placed in a safe,                                              permanent, nurturing home as quickly as possible.


Who is a CASA?


CASA volunteers are compassionate, objective, self-motivated individuals from the community who are trained to speak on behalf of abused and neglected  children. CASA volunteers submit an application with references,    complete an interview with the program staff, and attend training. A complete criminal history and child abuse registry check are performed on each applicant. Upon completion of their training, CASA volunteers are sworn in by the juvenile court judge and adhere to strict confidentiality and professionalism throughout their appointment.


What does a CASA do?

Advocate: CASA gives the child a voice in court. CASA volunteers speak up for the child by making recommendations regarding the child’s best interests in  a written court report.


Investigate: CASA evaluates the child’s situation through an objective lens. CASA volunteers carry out an objective examination of the situation, including  relevant history, environment, relationships,                                       and needs of the child.


Facilitate: CASA identifies resources and services for the child to encourage a collaborative relationship                    between all the parties on a case.


Monitor:  CASA ensures the rights of abused and neglected children are being protected and the child’s                     best interests are being met.

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       To Report Child Abuse Please Call The          CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE STATEWIDE



Please Contact Us To Learn More About              Our Program

Bitterroot CASA

Allison Dunne  Executive Director

217 North 3rd St.  Ste. H-1  Hamilton, MT   59840


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Bitterroot CASA Annual Report 2020-2021

  • We trained and Support 31% more volunteers- 19 volunteers served 72 children in 2021, compared to 12 volunteers in 2020, and         6 volunteers in 2019

  • We provided advocacy for 80% of the children in the child welfare system in 2021, compared to 72% in 2020, and 35% in 2019

  • CASA Volunteers donated 2739 hours- the equivalent of $46,563 of In-Kind Donation

  • Revenue & Support:Service Grants:                                                                                                                                                                                    $51,028 State Grants: $19,415 Donations: $8,029 Total Revenue: $78,472

  • Expenses: $57,230 Bitterroot CASA utilizes unspent revenue to stabilize the long term financial security of the program to ensure  best practice advocacy  for children in Ravalli County in 2022

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