What is a CASA Volunteer?

A CASA volunteer is a Court Appointed Special Advocate appointed by a Judge (or Juvenile Magistrate) to represent the best interests of an abused or neglected child in court.  CASA volunteers receive thirty hours of training and go through an extensive background clearance process.  After a CASA volunteer is assigned to a child, they meet with that child weekly in order to develop a rapport.  They also review records, interview parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers, attorneys, and other relevant people in the the child’s life.  This allows the CASA volunteer to identify the needs of the child.  The CASA volunteer advocates for permanency, safety, and the services that are in the best interest of the child.