What is a CASA Volunteer?
CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are trained community volunteers
appointed by the courts to represent the best interest of children in abuse and
neglect cases. CASAs investigate and gather information to offer judges so they
have the critical facts they need to ensure the children’s rights and needs are
being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers stay involved with the cases
until the children are placed in safe and permanent homes. For many abused
children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
What do children gain from having a CASA volunteer?
CASA volunteers are a source of hope and support for child victims as they
wait for the courts to decide where they may safely live. Advocates help
children access the services they need to heal from their abuse. Information
gathered by CASA volunteers for the judge helps expedite the court process and provide better outcomes for children under the court’s protection. A CASA can make an immediate and critical impact on the life of a child.