The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is to support and promote court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in a safe, permanent home.
To achieve this mission, the CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers, who are appointed by a Judge to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children. Our highly trained, court appointed volunteers are responsible for making recommendations to the court about the safety, permanence and well-being of their assigned child(ren).
CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of their child(ren)’s physical, educational, medical, emotional and social needs. CASA volunteers research information and talk to everyone involved in the children’s lives. CASA volunteers have contact with social workers, attorneys, parents, teachers, family members, foster parents, health professionals and, of course, the children themselves.
CASA volunteers establish a relationship with their child(ren), getting to know his or her unique history, while providing consistency and stability during an extremely difficult time in their child(ren)’s lives. CASA volunteers are asked to remain with their child(ren) until permanency is achieved.