Having a CASA as part of Family Court proceedings guarantees that there’s always going to be someone who’s purely on the side of those who matter most-the children. CASA's are volunteers and complete 40 hours of training and ten hours of Family Court observation before being sworn in by the Chief Judge of the Family Court.
CASAs will visit and interview everyone needed to get a clear picture of the situation, whether it’s parents, foster parents, teachers, doctors-you name it. If needed, they will submit a written report for a hearing and even testify. Most CASA volunteers feel passionate about their work and volunteer for years.
The two volunteers who spent time with me in the lobby of the courthouse were so supportive in a time of tremendous stress. They helped explain what was going on and provided me with much more help and explanation than my attorney. These people seemed like objective advocates for the children involved in the case, much more so than the Law Guardian. I wish there was a CASA organization in every county.