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What We Do

Arkansas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is dedicated to improving the lives of children involved in the foster care system. By advocating for children who have experienced abuse or neglect, our volunteers amplify each child’s voice and help change a child’s story. In Arkansas, judges may appoint a CASA volunteer to cases involved in the Dependency-Neglect Court System.

ARKANSAS CASA
MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Arkansas CASA is to promote and support local CASA programs which recruit and train qualified volunteer advocates to speak out in court for abused and neglected children, in an effort to move those children toward safe, permanent homes more quickly.
Adopted by Arkansas State CASA Association
Advisory Council January 1998

VISION

Every Arkansas child be assured a safe and permanent home.

CORE VALUES

  • We work collaboratively with other public and private agencies, including DHS/DCFS, Attorneys ad litem, Parent Counsel, and community groups.
  • We believe all children should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • We recognize and value the role of the family in a child’s life and advocate for reunification, when possible.
  • We share information with those with a need and a right to know.
  • CASA programs work together to strengthen services to children and families.
  • We recruit and train a diverse pool of volunteers.
  • We demand that staff and volunteers keep confidentiality and the best interest of the child paramount.
  • We believe that citizens have a responsibility to the children of our state.

According to A.C.A. 9-27-316(g)(3) Each CASA shall:
(A) Investigate the case to which he or she is assigned to provide independent factual information to the court through the Attorney ad litem.
(B) Monitor the case to ensure compliance with court orders.
(C) Assist the Attorney ad litem in representing the juvenile’s best interest.

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CASA Programs

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Arkansas CASA

625 Marshall St., Suite 2100
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-410-1952
Email: casa@arcourts.gov
Facebook: facebook.com/ArkansasStateCASA
Website: arkansascasa.net

Pulaski County CASA

3001 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72204
Counties Served: Pulaski, Perry
Phone: 501-340-6741
Facebook: facebook.com/PulaskiCountyCasa
Website: pulaskicountycasa.org
Email: ajones@pulaskicountycasa.org

13th Judicial District CASA North INC

203 North Clifton St
Fordyce, AR 71742
Counties Served: Dallas, Calhoun, Cleveland, Ouachita
Phone: 870-352-8846
Facebook: facebook.com/CASANorthCares
Email: dalcasa1@windstream.net

CASA for Children - 8S, 8N, & 9W Judicial Districts

1201 Main Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Facebook: facebook.com/casatexarkana
Website: casatexarkana.org
Email: malendacree@casatexarkana.org

CASA of Clark and Pike Counties

412 Crittenden Street, Courthouse Square
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Counties Served: Clark, Pike
Phone: 870-260-5448
Facebook: facebook.com/casaofclarkandpikecounties
Website: casaofclarkandpike.org
Email: Director@clarkcasa.org

CASA of Crawford County

1112 Main St
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone: 479-474-8502
Facebook: facebook.com/casaofcrawfordcounty
Email: director@21casa.org

CASA of North Arkansas/14th Judicial District

303 N. Main Street, Suite 201
Harrison, AR 72601
Counties Served: Boone, Newton, Marion, Baxter
Phone: 870-204-5489
Facebook: facebook.com/CASAOFNA
Website: casaofna.org
Email: tpape@casaofna.org

CASA of Northwest Arkansas

3825 Cawood Lane
Springdale, AR 72762
Counties Served: Benton, Washington, Madison, Carroll
Phone: 479-725-2213
Facebook: facebook.com/CASAofNWA
Website: nwacasa.org
Email: crystal@nwacasa.org

CASA of Sebastian County

1216 Towson Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Counties Served: Sebastian
Phone: 479-785-4171
Facebook: facebook.com/CasaOfSebastianCounty
Website: casaofsebastiancounty.org
Email: sebastiancasa4@yahoo.com

CASA of the 10th Judicial District

205 East Jefferson, Suite 8
Hamburg, AR 71646
Counties Served: Drew, Ashley, Chicot, Desha, Bradley
Phone: 870-367-9449
Facebook: facebook.com/CASA-10th-Judicial-District
Website: casaofthe10th.org
Email: jerri.willis@casaofthe10th.org

CASA of the 16th Judicial District

300 West Main St
Heber Springs, AR 72543
Counties Served: Fulton, Izard, Stone, Cleburne, Independence
Phone: 501-270-2229
Website: casa16.net
Facebook: facebook.com/CASAofthe16th
Email: duncancasa16@gmail.com

CASA of the 2nd Judicial District

410 South Church Street, Suite D
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Counties Served: Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Mississippi
Phone: 870-273-5415
Facebook: facebook.com/neacasa
Website: neacasa.org
Email: angela.tate@neacasa.org

CASA of the 5th Judicial District

400 West Main St, Suite 2
Russellville, AR 72801
Counties Served: Pope, Johnson, Franklin
Phone: 479-880-1195
Facebook: facebook.com/CASA5th
Website: arcasa5.org
Email: casa5executivedirector@gmail.com

CASA of the Arkansas Delta, A Program of Mid-south Health Systems

905 North 7th West
West Memphis, AR 72301
Counties Served: Cross, Lee, Phillips, St Francis, Crittenden
Main Phone: 870-702-5921
Facebook: facebook.com/CasaoftheArkansasDelta
Email: donita.ross@arisahealth.org

CASA of the Ouachita Region

1308 Hwy 71 N
Mena, AR 71953
Counties Served: Polk, Montgomery, Sevier
Phone: 479-243-9277
Facebook: facebook.com/Casa-Ouachita-Region-707578546361830
Email: casaouachita71953@gmail.com

CASA of the Tri-Peaks Area

366 N Broadway Ave
Booneville, AR 72927
Counties Served: Logan, Scott, Yell
Phone: 479-206-3500
Facebook: facebook.com/tripeakscasa
Email: info@casaofthetripeaks.org
Website: casaofthetripeaks.org

CASA of White County

309 E. Park Avenue
Searcy, AR 72143
Counties Served: White, Prairie
Phone: 501-305-3428
Facebook: facebook.com/CasaOfWhiteCounty
Website: wccasa.org
Email: wc.casa.director@gmail.com

Children's Advocacy Alliance/CASA of the 20th Judicial District

609 Locust Avenue
Conway, AR 72034
Counties Served: Faulkner, Conway, Van Buren, Searcy
Phone: 501-328-3347
Facebook: facebook.com/ChildrensAdvocacyAlliance
Website: hopeandjustice.org
Email: lestrada@hopeandjustice.org

Gateway CASA (3rd JD)

1638 Hwy 62/412 Suite 2E
Highland, AR 72542
Counties Served: Sharp, Lawrence, Randolph, Jackson
Phone: 870-856-2586
Facebook: facebook.com/gatewaycasa3rdJudicial
Website: gatewaycasa.org
Email: v.greenaway@gatewaycasa.net

Grand Prairie CASA

119 W Front Street
Lonoke, AR 72086
Counties Served: Lonoke, Woodruff, Monroe, Arkansas
Phone: 501-676-6533
Facebook: facebook.com/GrandPrairieCASA
Website: grandprairiecasa.org
Email: casa@grandprairiecasa.org

Saline County CASA

17724 I-30 Frontage Rd Ste 2, Office 6
Benton, AR 72019
Counties Served: Saline
Phone: 501-436-6044
Facebook: facebook.com/salinecountycasa
Email: director@salinecountycasa.org

13th South Judicial District CASA/SACC

1838 Morning Star Road
El Dorado, AR 71730
Counties Served: Columbia, Union
Phone: 870-862-2272
Facebook: facebook.com/southarkchildren
Website: 13southcasa.com
Email: rkrneta@southarkchildren.com

Tri-Lakes CASA

508 Ouachita Ave., Suite B
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Counties Served: Garland, Grant, Hot Springs
Phone: 501-321-9269
Facebook: facebook.com/TriLakesCASA
Website: trilakescasa.org
Email: Suzanne.herron@trilakescasa.org

Voices for Children - Jefferson and Lincoln Counties

211 W. 3rd Avenue, Suite 110
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Counties Served: Jefferson, Lincoln
Phone: 870-536-5922
Facebook: facebook.com/VoicesforChildrenCASAJeffersonandLincoln
Website: vfcadvocates.org
Email: ollie.merritt@vfcadvocates.org

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What Do CASA Volunteers Do?

CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act.
Volunteers get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to help inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

Who Can Be a Volunteer?

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. Some are retired educators or social workers, and some volunteer while working full-time or going to school. Regardless of their backgrounds or training, all of them simply want to help the most vulnerable members of their community. Because the children served by CASA volunteers are diverse in background and need, we strive to recruit volunteers diverse in skill and background.

As a CASA volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well-supported by professional staff to help you through each case.

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About Us

Arkansas CASA logoHistory of Arkansas CASA

The first CASA program in Arkansas started in Pulaski County under a different name and in a different format in 1987. From 1987 to 1997 programs started slowly, with only minimal coordination or communication. In 1997, the Arkansas Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Foster Care and Adoption identified quality representation for children as one of the key needs for children in Arkansas. The state CASA office was created and the CASA volunteers' role was written into law in Arkansas (9-27-316).

The state office is housed in the Administrative Office of the Courts within the Juvenile Division.

Our Staff

Lauren Geier LPC-S – Director, Arkansas CASA

Lauren Geier serves as the Arkansas CASA Director. Lauren has over 20 years of experience as a licensed professional counselor serving children and families in a variety of community mental health arenas with a specific therapeutic focus on treating complex trauma. She has experience working with various child welfare stakeholders, the juvenile court system, and CASA. Lauren has seen firsthand the undue burdens placed upon children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas.

Danny Muñiz – Development Specialist, Arkansas CASA

Danny Muñiz provides technical assistance to CASA staff throughout the state. His experience as a former Advocate Supervisor for CASA of Pulaski County allows him to extend informed leadership to those recruiting, training, and supporting CASA volunteers. Danny also provides technical assistance related to data management, the Spanish language, and advocate supervisor onboarding.

Contact Us

Arkansas State CASA is happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Feel free to contact us by email at casa@arcourts.gov or by phone at 1-866-284-8111.

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