What is a CASA?
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a community-based program that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.
A CASA, empowered by the court and guided by CASA staff, gets to know the child and the child’s situation by seeing him or her every week and talking regularly with teachers, parents, other family members, social workers, attorneys, and therapists to better understand what the child needs. Then the volunteer advocates for that child’s best interests.
How to become a CASA:
You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to become a CASA. We welcome people from all walks of life. Concern for children, willingness to learn about the child welfare and court systems, a commitment of 10-15 hours a month, good writing and communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively are some of what’s needed to be a CASA.
For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, please fill out the form below.