How does the role of a CASA volunteer differ from a social worker?

The Department of Social Services is the guardian for all the children living in foster care and residential placement. With high caseloads, social workers are unable to keep in close contact with the children on a regular basis. That is the role of the Voices for Children CASA volunteer. The CASA volunteer develops a relationship with the child during their weekly visits. They also meet with the family, school personnel, health care providers and any other significant parties. The CASA volunteer works to discover the appropriate placement and services needed to achieve permanency and safety for the child.