CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. After a rigorous training program, CASA volunteers are appointed to investigate cases when children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect.
CASA volunteers are able to do an in-depth and exhaustive investigation of every case to which they are assigned, and therefore provide a much-needed service that helps the judge make a more informed decision about the immediate outcome of each child’s life.
The volunteers talk with the children, parents, relations, neighbors, school staff, doctors, and anyone else in the children’s lives who can provide helpful information. The CASA volunteers then prepare reports to the judges for their consideration, and coordinate with other agencies to get the children and their prospective caregivers any services they may need. Finally, the CASA volunteers make recommendations regarding placing the children in safe and permanent homes.