How does a CASA volunteer prepare for Court?

To prepare a written court report, the CASA volunteer speaks with the child, parents, family members, social workers, teachers, health providers, and others who are knowledgeable about the child’s history and current situation.  The CASA volunteer also reviews all records pertaining to the child including school, medical, psychiatric, and social worker reports.  An order from the Court appointing the CASA volunteer gives the volunteer permission to access these records.  The information is put into a format which is reviewed by the CASA Supervisor and then submitted to the Court in advance of the court date.  All CASA volunteers receive detailed training about how to write a court report.