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The mission of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children who are under the protection of the Juvenile Court, seeking to assure safe, permanent families for them as quickly as possible.
After volunteers receive in-depth training on issues of the court process, child development, abuse and neglect, advocacy and interviewing techniques, and many other issues, CASA volunteers are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by a judge. They conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, interviewing everyone involved, including the child. They make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, providing the judge with information that will help her make an informed decision. CASA volunteers can be instrumental in assuring that a child or family receives services which the court has ordered - things like substance abuse counseling or special education testing. During the life of a case, a CASA volunteer monitors the child's situation to make sure he remains safe.