In our Region
We Are Child Advocates
When a child is rescued from abuse or neglect, who speaks for the child? We do.
We ensure through the uncertainties, the child’s voice is heard and their needs remain a priority. CASA volunteers provide a stable, consistent adult presence in their lives. We advocate for their best interest in the court and the community. As a professional member of the child’s team, CASAs get to know the child, gather information from those involved in the child’s life and make informed recommendations to the court about what is best for the child.
Together, our dedicated team of child advocacy attorneys and social service professionals, serves nearly 950 children and youth and supports more than 225 CASA volunteers.
CASA advocates for nearly 950 abused and neglected children in St. Louis
CASA Staff & Board
As the only Court Appointed Special Advocate member program in St. Louis City and County, our CASA volunteers offer a stable voice on behalf of the regions children and youth in foster care. CASA serves children in St. Louis County and St. Louis City Circuit Court ages birth to 20 years of age.
The National CASA Association is a membership organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy programs like STLCASA so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.
Steve Moergen, CEO
Jennifer Howard, Chief Development Officer
Cheryl D. Latham, Chief Program Officer, 21st Circuit
Colleen Polak, Chief Program Officer, 22nd Circuit
Kimberley Vuitel - Victorinox: Chair
Amy Ruiz - Express Scripts: Vice Chair
Cindy Murdoch - Aon: Secretary
Scott Larson - Carrollton Bank: Treasurer
Kerrin M. Kowach - St. Louis University
Sharie McLafferty - KTVI Fox2
Joy Syrcle - Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Leonora Trawick - Edward Jones
Shawn Williams - Feuerbacher/Williams Group (Merrill Lynch)
GUARDIAN AD LITEM
Our team of Child Advocacy Attorneys provide legal representation as the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for child victims in foster care and supervise our CASA volunteers in the delivery of high quality advocacy for abused and neglected children placed into foster care due to abuse and/or neglect under the jurisdiction of the Family Court of the City of St. Louis
SOCIAL SERVICES PROFESSIONALS
Our social services professionals guide and work alongside CASA volunteers. Their support and supervision ensures that all children assigned to our organization receive sound advocacy and proactive permanency planning.
~ Steve Moergen, CEO