A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of an abused and neglected child in court.
What is the CASA volunteer’s role?
A CASA volunteer provides the judge with carefully researched information about the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child’s future. They makes recommendations about placement and follows through until the child reaches a safe and permanent home.
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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, health providers, and others who are knowledgeable about the child. The CASA volunteer also reviews all records pertaining to the child- school, medical, case worker reports, and other documents.
How does the CASA volunteer relate to the child he or she represents?
CASA volunteers offer children trust and advocacy during complex legal proceedings. They explain to the child the events that are happening and the roles of the judge, lawyers, and social workers. CASA volunteers remain objective while encouraging the child to express his or her own opinion and hopes.
How many cases on average does a CASA volunteer carry at one time?
Volunteers can carry up to a maximum of three cases.
How much time does being a CASA volunteer require?
After 30 hours of initial training, volunteers typically work 10-15 hours a month.
How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved in the case?
The volunteer continues until the child reaches a safe and permanent home.
What children are assigned CASA volunteers?
Children who are victims of abuse and neglect in the foster care system are assigned CASA volunteer.