The goal of CASA is to protect and ensure a child's right to a safe, permanent home. These children have come into the child welfare system because they were found to be victims of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. Their caretakers have been unable to keep them safe, so the Division of Child and Family Services is involved and they have entered the legal system.
A CASA volunteer is a sworn officer of the court whose job is to provide the child's attorney and the juvenile court judge an independent assessment of the circumstances of the child. The CASA's report is drawn from their visits with the child and with the key parties in the child's life. A CASA can also speak with the child's teacher to follow up with their educational needs. If possible, the advocate attends all court hearings pertaining to the child with the Guardian ad Litem. The hearing dates are usually set in advance and approximately three months apart.
A CASA volunteer has many roles:
to support the child throughout the court proceedings
to establish a relationship with the child to better understand his or her particular needs and desires
to communicate the child's needs and explore potential resources
to provide continuous attention to the child's situation to ensure that the court's plans for the child are being implemented
In addition to these responsibilities, the CASA speaks with his/her child bi-weekly, either in person or by telephone. This one-on-one contact promotes a trusting relationship for the child, who often has no other consistent relationship during the period of involvement with the courts.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About UTAH CASA
8080 S. Redwood Rd., West Jordan, UT 84088, US
Last year in Utah, there were over 14,000 court cases dealing with child abuse and neglect. It must be terrifying for an at risk child to wake up one morning and find themselves in the court system, in foster care. An amazing group of volunteers play a major role in affecting the lives of abused and neglected children. A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) becomes a strong voice for at risk children that find themselves in the "system" because of parental abuse or neglect. More importantly, a CASA is a friendly face to a scared child when they need it most. Help us, help kids!
Utah’s Friends of CASA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that invests in the Utah CASA program by providing essential resources, training, and funding. We are a group of interested and concerned community members who support the vision and mission of the Utah CASA Program.
Utah’s Friends of CASA envisions every child having a permanent home. We do this by providing funding for the program and volunteers in these key areas:
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Events
Statewide Program Advertising
All Volunteer Retention Efforts
Utah’s Friends of CASA is led by an all volunteer Board of Directors and is funded through private donations. To learn more about how you can help, visit us at utahfriendsofcasa.org or utahcasa.org CASAs are needed throughout the state of Utah!
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
8080 S. Redwood Rd, #1200West Jordan, UT84088
February 17, 2021
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
Visit the child 2 times per month. Commit to at least 12 months of service.
Agree to complete confidentiality, Complete monthly mandatory reports including updates of child