CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nationwide movement ( over 900 programs throughout the USA) of community volunteers who speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers work for the judge to review and monitor cases of children who become part of the juvenile justice system. CASA volunteers work closely witht he child and family to bring an independent assessment of the case to court, recommending to the judge what is best for the child's future. CASA volunteers help prevent children from becoming "lost" in the child welfare system. CASA gives children a chance to grow up in a safe, permanent homes.