is a CASA Volunteer?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer is a trained citizen
who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of abused and
neglected children in court.
What is the CASA Volunteer's role?
A CASA Volunteer provides a judge with carefully researched background of
the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child's
future. The CASA Volunteer writes reports to the Juvenile Court so that
the Judge can determine if it is in a child's best interest to stay with
his or her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, be placed with
other relatives, or be freed for permanent adoption.
How does a CASA Volunteer investigate a
In order to prepare reports to the Court, the CASA Volunteer talks with
the child, parents, family members, social workers, school officials,
health providers and others who are knowledgeable about the child's
history. The CASA Volunteer also reviews all records pertaining to the
child -- school, medical and case worker reports; and other documents.
How does the role of a CASA Volunteer
differ from an attorney?
The CASA Volunteer does not provide legal representation. That is the
role of the attorney. However, the CASA Volunteer does provide crucial
background information that assists attorneys in presenting their cases.
Is there a "typical" CASA
CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of
educational and ethnic backgrounds.
National CASA report, in the U.S. in 2012 there were:
-- 950 CASA offices
-- 76,000 volunteers
-- 251,000 children served
How many cases on average does a CASA
Volunteer carry at a time?
An average caseload is one case per volunteer.