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2022 Capital City CASA Annual Report


Annual Report


It is the mission of Capital City CASA to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children and youth in the 19th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, based on the belief that all children are entitled to a safe and permanent home. The mission will be accomplished through screened, trained, and qualified community court appointed volunteers.


The Capital City CASA Program envisions that all Cole County children have safe, permanent homes free of abuse and neglect. To achieve that vision, Capital City CASA Program will work to ensure that the CASA program is sustained by highly trained CASA volunteers.


To provide a consistent experience in a safe environment for children, family members and advocates, providing hope while collaborating with our partners and the broader community.

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"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Winston Churchill

Out And About With Capital City CASA

Coffee With CASA

On February 23rd, Capital City CASA hosted Coffee with a CASA event at Three Story Coffee. Many new and old CASA volunteers, staff, and board members were able to join us for the networking event. Our next Coffee with CASA will be on April 27th at 10am. Thank you again to everyone that participated and to Three Story Coffee for a wonderful morning.

Jefferson Bank Supports Their Employee Who Is A CASA Volunteer

Erin Evans (CASA Volunteer) was surprised by her co-workers when they all bought CASA t-shirts to support Erin, her dedication, and her hard work as a CASA Volunteer. In turn, Capital City CASA gave Erin and her Jefferson Bank of Missouri co-workers CASA Cups and goodies to thank them for supporting a CASA Volunteer and the Capital City CASA organization. Thank you Jefferson Bank, their wonderful employees, and our CASA, Erin Evans!

Regional Partnership Grant

CASAs and Board Members got to continue their education about programs in our community. On March 23rd, we heard from Donna Webb, Children/Family Coordinator with Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc. Donna spoke to us about RPG and what this program consists of and the services it provides to families who are receiving treatment for substance abuse.  

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CASA Volunteer Tells Her "WHY"

Each month, volunteers come to the beginning of our Board Meeting to share with the board their "why" for becoming a CASA. This is JoDe Layton-Brinker sharing her "why" to Capital City CASA Board Members for the March monthly meeting. She had a powerful story and will be a consistent presence for an older youth.

Read JoDe's "Why"

Capital City CASA Chosen to Participate in

United Way's

GIVE 5 Retiree Volunteer Program

Capital City CASA was fortunate to be chosen to participate in United Way's GIVE 5 Retiree Volunteer Program. GIVE 5 is a free, community-based program designed for central Missouri retirees ages 60 and above. The program introduces participants to nonprofit organizations addressing our community's primary areas of need and helps establish purpose and meaning in retirement. We are grateful to be chosen and look forward to sharing information about our organization.

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CASA Board and Volunteer Spotlight's

CASA plays a very important role in a child’s life when they need it most. Often times, a child may be in the system for years and during that time may have different case workers, juvenile officers, foster parents and others involved in their case. This was the situation with one of our foster daughters. I think we were the fifth foster home after she was placed in foster care, and there were multiple case workers even during our fostering season, but there was only one CASA volunteer the entire time. The CASA is usually the one consistent face and voice in the child’s life to bring continuity and provide the best advocacy for the child’s future. And let’s face it – courtrooms can be kind of scary, so having someone in your corner that knows how the system works will bring comfort and understanding for the child and their foster families when they navigate the difficult path towards permanence. What surprised me most about CASAs were that through it all, they were VOLUNTEERS! Such commitment and devotion for another person in a vulnerable spot was inspiring for me to observe, and now I’m proud to serve those volunteers on the Capital City CASA board.

As our girls have left the nest and continued their journey to independence I knew it was important for me to find something to pour my love into as I had into them.  CASA came to my attention at the right time and I have learned so much thus far.  The uncertainty that some children face in our community is overwhelming. Finding a way through CASA to help these kiddos through a tumultuous time is time very well spent.  I want to put myself out there to make a difference - even just a hug difference - in one of their lives.  

My husband, JJ, and I live in Jefferson City along with our son, Hudson (age 10). Over six years ago, we became foster parents because we noticed a need in our community to provide stability to kids who desperately needed it. Through our experience, I have witnessed the impact that CASA has on the lives of children who are in very complex situations. It is humbling to see the number of children who have been served, and I hope that I can play a small role to drive the mission forward. I am involved with several other organizations in the community, but the mission of CASA is certainly one that is close to my heart.

Serving the community is an important way to give back for the many blessings in my life. Several of my friends serve as CASA volunteers and encouraged me to serve. I have learned that a CASA’s perseverance and persistence can make a difference. The kids we serve don’t always have one person who is able to go the extra mile to ensure they are receiving all the services they need and deserve. The child I work with has taught me a great deal about resilience and I am blessed to know and serve this child. 

A Capital City CASA Board Member Honored

Our very own Vicki Myers received the Live United Award during United Ways Annual Meeting at Capital Bluffs for all of her hard work and dedication to volunteering for our community. Capital City CASA is truly blessed to have Vicki be a part of the CASA organization. Vicki has been a Board Member for 11 years.

Photo taken by Julie Smith

News Tribune Article about United Way Annual Meeting

Legislation Lookout

Important Bills We Are Watching

Senate Bill 662: This bill would increase the Champion for Children tax credit from 50% to 70%, remove the cap on the tax credits and extend the expiration to Dec. 31, 2029.  See more here

House Bill 390: Modifies guardian ad litem provisions.  See more here


House Bill 1170: Modifies guardian ad litem provisions including 210.160. See more here


Senate Bill 359Modified guardian ad litem provisions. See more here

In April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month encourages communities to educate and increase awareness about the importance of child and family well-being. Let’s work together to commit to effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

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8th Annual Capital City CASA Golf Tournament

Now is the time to get your team together for the 8th Annual Capital City CASA Golf Tournament! It will be held on Monday, June 5th at the Jefferson City Country Club. Lunch will begin at 11:30 am, with a shotgun start at 1 pm and an awards dinner following the tournament. 

The proceeds of this tournament help our community's children who, through no fault of their own, are removed from their home due to abuse and neglect. Annually, over 200 children, ranging in age from newborns to 21, face a profound and unknown future. With a CASA volunteer, they don't have to do it alone. A child with a CASA volunteer has a constant adult advocating for their best interest in an overburdened child welfare system. It is the consistency of a CASA volunteer which can mean the difference between a child's needs falling through the cracks or being met. Children and youth with a CASA volunteer reported significantly higher levels of hope. Higher levels of hope are linked to overall well-being, an increase in self-control, positive social relationships, and optimism. By playing in this tournament, you are giving a child in Cole County hope for a better life. 

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Be a CASA Volunteer

Our next CASA Volunteer training starts on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023. Become the next Court Appointed Special Advocates sworn in by Judge Beetem. Change a child's story by being their voice.

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Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

PO Box 1627

Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

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