On Monday, Sarpy County CASA received Bellevue's Community Development Block Grant Achievement Award for 2018 at a ceremony in Lincoln to honor Community Development Week in Nebraska.
Sarpy County CASA Director Paula Creps accepted the award from Mayor Sanders and Governor Pete Ricketts.
Sarpy County CASA uses block grant funds from Bellevue to operate the Bellevue Family Visitation Center, a training space and family visitation space in Old Towne Bellevue. The Center offers a neutral atmosphere that is family-friendly, safe and comfortable for children spending time with their parents or siblings during what can often be a very difficult and unhappy time.
In 2017, Sarpy County CASA advocated for 273 children with 121 CASA volunteers. The volunteers are appointed by judges to speak in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Volunteers make placement recommendations after researching the child’s background. The CASA serves as a stable force in the child’s life during difficult times.
To learn more about CASA and the Bellevue Family Visitation Center, visit SarpyCASA.com.