Mission, Vision, & Values

Every year, thousands of children in Oklahoma are removed from their homes because of evidence of abuse and neglect. They are uprooted from the only family they’ve known, taken out of school and away from friends. In short, their worlds are turned upside down. Going through the child welfare system is scary and no child should do it alone.

The mission of CASA of Cherokee Country is to be a voice for children who come into the court system as a result of abuse and/or neglect by providing trained volunteer advocates who speak independently for the best interests of the children.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and speak up for abused and neglected children to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in the foster care system. CASA volunteers stay with each child until he or she is placed in a safe, permanent home and the case is closed. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant in their lives and often, the one adult who cares only for them.

Every abused and neglected child has a CASA volunteer appointed to represent his/her best interests.

Our Values

We embrace the challenge of ongoing change; in the environment, in the demands and expectations placed on us, and in the needs of the local programs. We strive to adapt our thinking and behavior in order to best respond to new conditions and circumstances as they arise.
We acknowledge that CASA of Cherokee Country is part of a greater network and that success in meeting our mission comes from unity and working collaboratively with the board of directors, Oklahoma CASA, National CASA, local programs, and external stakeholders.
We strive to uphold ethical principles through honesty, transparency, and fairness. We address problems that arise directly with one another, express appreciation, and celebrate the successes of those we work with and serve. We advocate for the success of others and continually strive to improve.
We contribute to the statewide and national network of CASA whenever possible. We respond to requests from stakeholders and contributors, and support one another as we work to fulfill our mission.
We respect our differences and embrace diversity in its many forms. We strive to be inclusive, welcoming, and to assume the best in those we work with.
We pursue excellence in all we do, and strive for continual growth and development.
We are faithful to our mission and values, doing what is best for the organization.  We endeavor to help ensure quality and long term sustainability. CASA of Cherokee Country holds paramount the strategic and responsible management of the resources with which we have been entrusted.