What 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 interests 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
How does a CASA volunteer investigate
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 volunteer?
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of
educational and ethnic backgrounds.
According the National CASA report, in the U.S. in 2012 there were:
234,000 children served
27,900 new volunteers trained
400,000 children awaiting a volunteer
How many cases on average does a CASA
volunteer carry at a time?
The number varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but an
average caseload is one to two.