WHO WE ARE
CASA/GAL of Hancock County is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to serve as Guardian-ad-Litems, or court advocates, for children involved in Hancock County Courts as a result of abuse, neglect or dependency.  Our mission mission is to focus on the best interest of these children through case investigation and court advocacy.
 
OUR KIDS
At CASA/GAL of Hancock County, the Ohio CASA Association, and the National CASA Association, we believe that every child has a right to feel safe, loved and cared for; an undeniable right to learn, grow and become the person they are destined to be.  We believe that every child should be treasured, and treated with dignity and respect.

Every year there are approximately 1300 reports of child abuse and/or neglect in Hancock County and approximately 400 investigations by law enforcement or Child Protective Services.  Every child who enters the world of social services, courts, protective services and foster care is entitled, by Ohio Statute, to Guardian-ad-Litem representation.  That is what we do.  No child is ever turned away!
    
 
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Our Volunteers
CASA volunteers are residents of Findlay and the surrounding area who have a desire to help children in need.  They are highly trained court advocates who investigate, interview and testify on behalf of a child or of children in the social welfare system.  They are certified Guardian-ad-Litems who meet all of the requirements of Ohio Supreme Court Administrative Rule 48.  

Each year our volunteers average 1 to 2 cases, staff 5 to 15.  They log countless hours and average hundreds of miles, over the course of one case.  They receive a minimum of 40 hours of training initially, with an additional 12 hours of training each year.  They are more than volunteers.  They are unpaid professionals, and they are champions for children.
 
 
Other Services
This agency also provides Guardian-ad-Litem services to children and teens who are caught in the midst of difficult juvenile custody, divorce and delinquency cases.  We believe that our court advocates are uniquely to provide these services to children in need.

And finally,  through designation by the local Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, CASA/GAL of Hancock County maintains the county's Attorney Guardian-ad-Litem list.  The agency establishes local attorney's compliance with Ohio Superintendent's Administrative Rule 48, and assigns cases to interested and available attorneys.

 
 "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."    -- Eleanor Roosevelt