Child Advocacy Services Association of the Bighorns (CASA) approached both the Johnson County Commission and the Buffalo City Council at their respective meetings this week to get their backing of the organization's grant application to the Wyoming Business Council to design and construct a new facility for them in Buffalo to serve Johnson County.
Although CASA was not looking for funding from either entity, they did request the city of Buffalo lease them a piece of land on which to build the facility.
Susan Yeager, Executive Director of CASA, explains more about their
CASA provides three separate services for families, the first is a CASA, or Court-Appointed Special Advocate, that represents and speaks for children in court either because of child abuse or neglect. The second is a supervised visitation and custodial exchange program. The third is visitation for parents who have lost custody of their children but have earned back visitation rights in a supervised setting. A new program recently implemented is “nuturing parenting.”
Yeager said they currently serve 37 families with 64 children in the visitation program and have 28 cases involving 38 children in CASA services and the numbers are continuing to go up every year.
CASA hopes to gain the grant funding and build the facility adjacent to the Child Development Center in Buffalo.
Estimates for the cost of the building, furnishings, and other amenities is roughly $390,000 according to Yeager.
The commission and council both backed the Community Development Block Grant application to the Wyoming Business Council for the building.