Overview

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer is assigned to a child/children involved in a dependency case. The Volunteer speaks up for the child’s best interests and remains on the case in order to ensure that there is permanency in the child’s life. The Volunteer conducts an independent, fact-gathering mission to provide the judicial system with enough information to make a permanency plan for each child involved. The CASA volunteer’s only job is to speak for the child, to assure his or her best interests do not get overlooked while in protective custody and to assist in having the child/children placed in a safe, nurturing, permanent home as quickly as possible.

  • To gather information to ascertain the facts and circumstances of the child’s situation.
  • To seek cooperative solutions (with: Department of Family and Children Services caseworkers, parents, relatives, other agencies, etc.) which will serve the child’s best interests.
  • To seek a permanent plan for the child, in a permanent placement.
  • To maintain strict confidentiality of all information related to a child or their families.
  • To provide written reports of findings and recommendations to program director at least five business days prior to court hearings or citizen panel reviews.
  • To attend court hearings and citizen panel reviews to represent the child’s best interests.
  • To communicate regularly with program staff about the case and advocacy steps taken to ensure the best interest of the child is advocated.
  • To maintain genuine care and concern for the best interest of the child.
  • To successfully complete the pre-requisites of the CASA screening process.