CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.
We are working hard to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one. A CASA is a voice for the child - the one person in the foster child’s life who will be there from when the case opens to when it successfully closes.
The CASA is responsible for gathering information, visiting the child, and speaking on behalf of the child in court.
As a CASA, you will visit the child at least monthly, review records, interview parents and relatives, consult with teachers, neighbors and foster care providers, and advocate for the child in court. You are their voice.