Debra D. Hauser
Nearly 700,000 children are victims of abuse or neglect each year. Instead of playing with neighbors and making happy family memories, they’re attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry. With a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer dedicated to their case, America’s most vulnerable children will have someone speaking up for their best interests. With your support, more children will have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.
My name is Debra Hauser. My family and I have resided in London, KY for the past 23 years. I have 34 years of experience working with at risk children in Laurel and Knox Counties. For the past 28 years I have worked in Laurel County Public Schools in various positions, most recently as the Director of Pupil Personnel, from which I retired in December, 2018. Prior to being employed by the school district, I worked for the Administrative Office of the Courts as one of the first Court Designated Workers for the 27th Judicial District. I attended Union College, Barbourville, KY and Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY. While at EKU and Union I earned a bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Work and Psychology, Masters of Art in School Leadership and a Rank I in Pupil Personnel and School Superintendency. Even after retirement, it is my desire to continue working with at risk children of Knox and Laurel Counties. By being the Executive Director of the CASA OF KNOX AND LAUREL Counties, I may continue to do so. It is my hope to positively impact the lives of these children through my work as the Executive Director of the CASA of Knox and Laurel Counties.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer child advocate sworn in by the Family Court Judge to represent the best interest of children who are dependent, abused or neglected and are active cases in the Juvenile Court System. The CASA volunteer investigates the child’s circumstances, provides fact-based information and makes recommendations to the court while becoming a source of support for the child.
The CASA program is independent, but works closely with the court, social workers, therapists, attorneys, care providers and other professionals involved in a child’s case. CASA volunteers work under the direct supervision of the CASA Program Director or Volunteer Coordinators to further the child’s welfare and to expedite the case through the system.
The CASA volunteer’s ultimate goal is to move the child out of temporary placement, usually in the foster care system, into a safe and permanent home. This could mean return to the parent’s care, adoption, the appointment of a legal guardian, or some other permanent living arrangement that satisfies the court and fulfills the child’s needs.
PO Box 3156
London, KY 40743
The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.