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What is a CASA volunteer?
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.

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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. The CASA volunteer makes recommendations about placement to the judge and follows through until the child reaches a safe, 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 and case worker reports and other documents.

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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, the reasons they are in court, and the roles of the judge, lawyers, and social workers. CASA volunteers also encourage the child to express his or her own opinion and hopes, while remaining objective observers.

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How many cases on average does a CASA volunteer carry at one time?
Volunteers can carry up to a maximum of two cases.

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How much time does being a CASA volunteer require?
After thirty hours of initial training, volunteers typically work about 10-15 hours a month.

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How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved in the case?
The volunteer continues until the case is permanently resolved.

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What children are assigned CASA volunteers?
Children who are victims of abuse and neglect who have become wards of the court are assigned CASA volunteers.

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