(8-10-21) A new program is underway in Mercer County to assist children who are abused and neglected. 

The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Mercer County Program is a court-based program that recruits and trains community volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for children who are alleged to be abused, neglected, and/or dependent.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, is a person appointed by Mercer County Juvenile Court Judge Matthew Gilmore to represent the best interests of a child during a court proceeding. The purpose of the CASA Program is to provide the Court with Guardians who will give the Judge a thoughtful recommendation on what should be planned for the child, based on the CASA’s independent investigation of the facts. The Program’s goal is twofold: to provide quality representation for the children of Mercer County through volunteer participation and to involve more community members and make them aware of the problems facing abused, neglected, and dependent children.

The Mercer County Juvenile Court received a grant from New CASA Startup Funds to begin the CASA of Mercer County Program.  Mercer County Juvenile Court Magistrate Richard Delzeith is the Court Administrator.  Nick Schulze has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Program, and Kip Wright has been appointed as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services.

For an application or additional information, please contact: Mercer County Juvenile Court at (419) 586-1249 or by email at: CASA@mercercountycourts.com

Don’t have time to volunteer? You can still be a key part of the solution by: (1) Volunteering in another capacity, such as office support or events; or (2) By financially supporting CASA of Mercer County, either individually or through a company. Connect with us at www.mercercountycourts.com.