SHERIDAN — Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns has been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, the organization announced this week.
The certification recognizes that the organization is in complete compliance with national CASA standards for child advocacy.
“The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf,” National CASA Association CEO Michael Piraino said in a media release. “This certification says that Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their communities.”
In the same release, Interim Executive Director Susan Carr-Yager said the certification was an enormous accomplishment for the organization.
“I could be prouder of the staff and the volunteers who put so much of their time and energy into serving the children in our community,” she said.
Carr-Yager added that the organization currently serves more than 100 children in Buffalo and Sheridan with more than 40 volunteers.
“Each and every one of these people is a vital component to this program’s success and I am honored to have them be a part of the Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns,” she said.
Carr-Yager went on to say the organization is actively recruiting volunteers. Currently the organization knows of about 20 children who are not served by a volunteer because of a shortage in manpower.
Additionally, the group is appreciative of monetary donations.
The Sheridan County CASA program was developed in 1990 when a group of concerned citizens began to address the need for a coordinated approach to child abuse and neglect.
Since then, the program has served over 500 children.
Johnson County CASA began in 1994 and visitation services were added in 2001.
The two programs were merged in 2004 to form Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns.