A Powerful Voice in a Child's Life

Make A Difference In Cowley County Today

Our mission is to speak for the best interests of children in the courts of Cowley County, by providing qualified, trained volunteer representatives who advocate for safe, permanent, nurturing homes for children.

CASA provides trained community volunteers to advocate for children in the court system. Court Appointed Special Advocates ensure:
-Children receive representation in court
-Children are placed in safe and permanent homes
-Services are obtained for the needs of the children
-Services are provided to parents to help them gain knowledge and skills for adequate parenting.

"All children in Cowley County, Kansas, will grow up in safe, permanent, nurturing home."
Current Volunteers
The mission of the CASA volunteer is to monitor and follow a child’s case through the juvenile court system; to provide an independent voice from the community who speaks up for the best interests of their assigned child; to help ensure that the child is in a secure, secure, supportive, permanent home.

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • Complete a written application, including three references other than relatives.
  • Complete a personal interview
  • Pass background screenings
  • Participate in at least 30 hours of a 35-hour training. 
  • Observe court sessions for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Will be able to commit to serving as a CASA volunteer for at least 1 year.

  • Advocate at all times for the best interests of the child.
  • Meet with child at least once a month in person.
  • Attend all court hearings and scheduled case planning conferences pertaining to the child.
  • Remain actively involved in the case until a permanent solution has been reached or the court dismisses the case.

Apply to be a Volunteer:

Linda Hessee

Volunteer since 1995

"Many times children have the smallest voice in the room but have the greatest need. Becoming a CASA volunteer gives me the ability to amplify a child's voice."

Carol Hearne

Volunteer since 2018

"I believe children need to know they are important and valuable. They need to be assured people care about them. Children are our future. WE need to give them all the help we can for them to succeed."

Kara Larimore

Volunteer since 2019

"I became a CASA volunteer to give an unbiased voice to the children in the system. Children who are not able to speak for themselves at court. "

Amy Shipman

Volunteer since 2021

"I became a CASA volunteer because I am passionate about all children having the opportunity to grow and develop in a positive, loving, and safe environment."

Carol Galliart

Volunteer since 2021

Jennifer Shockey

Volunteer since 2022

Sheryl Erickson

Volunteer since 2022

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Authority and Responsibility
The Board of Directors is the legal authority for CASA of Cowley County, Inc. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

  1. Commitment to the mission of the organization.
  2. Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance: policy, programs, personnel and advocacy.
  3. Willingness to serve on committees.
  4. Attendance at monthly board meetings.
  5. Attendance at meetings of assigned committees.
  6. Support of and participation in all fundraising events.
  7. Support of and attendance at yearly appreciation event.
  8. An annual financial gift.

Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Directors serve a three-year term and may be elected to two consecutive terms.

Apply to be a Board Member:

MaKayla Shields

Executive Director

Since 2020

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Brianna Brooks


Member since 2020

Victoria White

Vice President

Member since 2021

Billie Swanson


Member since 2023

Amanda Conrad


Member since 2023

Tom Minton


Member since 2017

Krysta Wood


Member since 2020

Kylee Brenn


Member since 2020

Haylee Harris


Member since 2021

We would love to talk with you about the many ways to get involved with CASA of Cowley County. 

Cheers to CASA

Join us to kick off the holiday season with a fundraiser to support CASA of Cowley County! You can expect food, a cash bar, desserts, door prizes, raffles, silent auction, and a live auction. 100% of proceeds go to CASA to allow us to continue advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Cowley County.

  • Date: 12/2/2023 05:30 PM
  • Location: 2916 Country Club Road, Winfield, KS, USA (Map)


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Cheers to CASA Ticket



$ 100

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