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The mission of the Cumberland County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is to assist the court in determining what is in the best interest of abused and/or neglected children whose cases are in the court system. Through objective investigation and observation with the focus on the child assigned, trained CASA volunteers will develop and present their recommendations to the court to aid in establishing a safe, permanent and nurturing home in an expeditious manner.
The program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers who are then appointed by the dependency judge to help represent the best interests of abused and/or neglected children. After successful completion of screening and training, the CASA volunteer serves as the "eyes and ears of the court" by providing a more detailed account of each child's situation to aid the judge in permanency planning decisions. CASA's goals are: 1) to investigate all circumstances surrounding the child's case. 2) to report the findings and make recommendations to the court. 3) to monitor the case to ensure that necessary services are received and that court orders are followed.