What Is a CASA Volunteer?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen receiving special training in advocacy - who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in Family Court. CASA volunteers assure that the court and child welfare systems remain focused on children’s well-being and that the specific needs of individual children, including their needs for safety and permanency, are addressed expeditiously.
When a CASA volunteer is appointed to a child's case, the CASA Volunteer takes the time to find out as much as possible about that child. CASA Volunteers review records, interview family, relatives, teachers, service providers, and -- most important -- the child. These volunteers then appear in court, alongside attorneys and caseworkers, to recommend to a judge what's best for that child's future. We know that a child who is represented by a CASA volunteer stands a better chance of living in a safe, permanent home. According to the National CASA Association, more than 90% of children with CASA volunteers never reenter the child welfare system, a significant difference compared to the general foster care population.