Volunteers are needed to be CASA volunteers, advocates for abused and neglected children in Harford County.
A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is an ordinary community member who is appointed to represent the best interests of a child victim of abuse or neglect in court. Children helped by CASA volunteers include those whose home placement is being determined in juvenile court.
A CASA volunteer has three roles: - To serve as a fact finder for the judge by thoroughly researching the current and background facts of each assigned case.
- To provide these facts in report form to the judge and to speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child's best interests.
- To continue to act as an overseer during the life of the case, ensuring that it is brought to a swift and appropriate conclusion in the best interest of the child
By taking on the above roles, the CASA volunteer is in a unique position to make a difference in a childs life.
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The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program of Harford County is an organization of volunteers committed to serving abused and neglected children. CASA advocates the best interest of these children in the judicial, educational, medical, and social services communities.
CASA of Harford County recruits and trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Court. CASA volunteers gather facts about a child's family background through an independent, comprehensive investigation; make recommendations based on those facts in a Court report and present them to the judge or master; on request, give oral testimony in Juvenile Court; ensure that Court-ordered services and case planning are provided in a timely, effective way; provide emotional support to a child during stressful Court proceedings and beyond.