CASA (an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate) is an organization that supports volunteer advocacy for children who enter the court system due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect.
Each CASA volunteer receives 40 hours of combined training and court observation. They are then appointed to one child (or sibling group). The volunteer visits with this child every 7-10 days. Working with the Social Services Worker, as well as with teachers, therapists and family members, the volunteer learns precisely what the child needs and wants.
These findings are presented to the Family Court Judge who uses the information in determining what is in each child's best interest.