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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are much more than mentors. They are sworn officers of the court, appointed by a juvenile court judge to advocate one-on-one for children or youth who are the victims of abuse and neglect and in the foster care system.
Volunteer advocates can significantly influence a child or youth’s life during the journey from foster care to a safe, permanent home. Through their advocacy efforts CASA volunteers provide hope, increased opportunity, consistency, and a better life for children and youth in the court’s care. They help to end the cycle of abuse and neglect — making a difference for generations to come.
As a CASA volunteer and officer of the court, you will investigate and monitor all aspects of a child or youth’s case including placement, education, and health needs. You will accomplish this by visiting the child or youth weekly, reviewing records, researching information, and communicating with all parties involved including social workers, attorneys, parents, teachers, therapists, and care providers. You will have the privilege and responsibility to make recommendations to the court as to what is in the best interests of the child or youth based on your findings through the submission of a report.
You don’t need to be a social worker or an attorney.
CASA volunteers are a diverse group of community members who have the desire to make a positive change in the lives of children and youth in foster care.