What is a CASA Volunteer?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent information about the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child's future. The CASA volunteer prepares written reports to the court and follows through until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.
How does the CASA relate to the child they represent?
CASA volunteers offer children trust and advocacy during complex legal proceedings. They explain to the child the events that are happening, the reasons they are in court, and the roles of the judge, lawyers, and social workers. CASA volunteers encourage the child to express their opinions and hopes while maintaining their own objectivity. CASA volunteers are often the one constant adult in the child's life.
What is a CASA's role?
CASA volunteers provide the judge with carefully researched information about the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child's future. The CASA volunteer prepares written reports to the court and follows through until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.
What children are assigned to CASA volunteers?
Children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect who come to the attention of the court are assigned CASA volunteers.
How does a CASA volunteer investigate a case?
To prepare a recommendation, the CASA volunteer talks with the child, parents, family members, social workers. school officials, healthcare providers, and others who are knowledgeable about the child. The CASA volunteer provides valuable insight in the child's best interests.
How many cases does a CASA carry at one time?
Volunteers typically carry one or two cases at one time.
How much time does being a CASA require?
After thirty hours of initial training, a CASA typically works about 10-15 hours per month. The volunteer continues until the case is permanently resolved.