A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer appointed by a judge to recommend the best possible outcome for an abused or neglected child. Whether this means helping to make a connection with adoptive parents or safely reuniting the child with parents or relatives, the ultimate goal of the CASA volunteer is to help ensure that every one of these kids can live in a safe permanent home.
What do CASAs do?
CASA volunteers review records, research information and talk to everyone involved; social workers, attorneys, judges, parents, teachers, family members and, of course, the children themselves.
The CASA volunteer then presents their recommendation to the court as to what they feel is in the best interest of the child. Judges rely heavily on this information to make an informed decision on the child's future.
CASA is the only organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed officers of the court.
What is required?
You simply need to have a commitment to children's rights, a sense of social responsibility, effective oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. No specific educational or professional background is required.
The CASA program welcomes volunteers from all cultures, professions, ethnic and educational backgrounds.
How much time is needed?
As little as 10 hours a month will make a direct impact on a child's life and future.
Become a CASA volunteer and be rewarded with some of the most powerful and fulfilling experiences of your life.
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