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Welcome to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

CASA has provided advocacy services for children that have experienced abuse and/or neglect in Jefferson County since 1986. These children are either currently in or at risk of entering the foster care system. CASA’s best-interest advocacy helps ensure that children are safe with a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. Our trained volunteers are appointed by the Jefferson County Family Court Judge and are expected to stay with their assigned case until the child(ren) reaches permanency. Through collaboration with legal and child welfare professionals and additional service providers CASA ensures the judge has the needed information to make the most well-informed decision for each assigned child.

2022 CASA Local Impact

Volunteers Serving:


​Volunteer Hours:


Children Served:


Family Members Served:

  • Melissa Koffs, Esq. 

    • Owner, Koffs Law Firm

  • Ashley Lyon, Esq.

    • McClusky Law Firm

  • Karen Autrey

    • Caseworker, Jefferson County

  • Jamie Chase

    • LMHC, Family Counseling Service of NNY

  • Judith Klementowski

    • Retired, Watertown Center Manager, Community Action Planning Council

CASA Advisory Council

Proudly Supported by...

  • Jefferson County Department of Social Services 

  • NYS Office of Court Administration

  • NYS CASA Association 

  • NYS Office of Victim Services 

  • Stewart's Shops 

  • Waite Toyota

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Proud Members of:  

The National CASA Association

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