Our Mission

Northern Hills Court Appointed Special Advocate (NHCASA) Program seeks to promote and protect the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers.

We Advocate

The philosophy of NHCASA differs from that of most other non-profit organizations which advocate within the court system. We recruit and train volunteers to become a powerful voice within abuse and neglect proceedings. Case by case, we strive to minimize the cycle of child abuse. 

We Educate

In addition to advocating for children in the context of court, we also strive to educate the public about CASA, abuse and neglect issues that children face, and ways to intervene and make a difference for children. Stay up to date on upcoming events via our calendar.

We Connect

CASA Connection is a place designed for volunteers to visit with the children they serve. This can also be utilized for team meetings and family time supervised by the Department of Social Services. It includes a family-friendly space with a full kitchen, laundry, games, crafts, toys, books, private restroom, and an outdoor play area. 

Who We Are

When a child enters the child welfare system because his or her home is no longer safe due to abuse or neglect, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to advocate for the best interest of the child in court and other settings, called a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

What We Do

NHCASA promotes and protects the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers. In 2023, we served 85 children in the 4th Judicial Circuit which includes the counties of Butte, Lawrence, Meade, Corson, Perkins, Harding, Ziebach, and Dewey.

How To Help

A donation to NHCASA is an investment in a child and the community. With your gift, you can help the CASA program to provide the very best volunteer advocacy for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. The children appreciate your support!

Children Served in 2024

Children Waiting for a CASA

Volunteers Active on a Case

Annual Premier Events

Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K Race

Sat, Jul 13, 2024

Black Hills Super 6

Sat, Aug 17, 2024

Dueling Pianos

Sat, Nov 2, 2024

Upcoming Events

April 16, 2024
  • April 16, 2024  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Enough Abuse: Strategies for Your Family and Community

April 17, 2024
  • April 17, 2024  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    NHCASA Lunch & Learn

April 19, 2024
  • April 19, 2024  9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Cup O'CASA
    The Leaky Pot Cafe, 1102 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717, USA

  • April 19, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    CASA Social Sturgis Strikers Bowling Alley
    Sturgis Strikers, 910 1st St, Sturgis, SD 57785, USA

April 20, 2024
  • April 20, 2024

    "Strike Out Child Abuse" Fundraising Event
    Sturgis Strikers, 910 1st St, Sturgis, SD 57785, USA

April 24, 2024
  • April 24, 2024  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Court Improvement Program Virtual Learning: Domestic Abuse & Civil Legal Considerations

April 26, 2024
  • April 26, 2024  9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Cup O'CASA
    Jacobs Brewhouse Restaurant, 79 Sherman St, Deadwood, SD 57732, USA

May 7, 2024
  • May 7, 2024

    Child Watch Tour

May 9, 2024
  • May 9, 2024

    Board Meeting

May 21, 2024
  • May 21, 2024  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Understanding ACEs

Serving the Northern Black Hills

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