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The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
WHO CAN BE A CASA? An adult who completes screening requirements, including criminal history check, background investigation, personal interview, references check; must also complete 30 hours of training (No special expertise needed prior to training); must be interested in the welfare of children, have good verbal and written skills, have flexible schedule, and time to volunteer. HOW MUCH TIME IS INVOLVED IN BEING A CASA? On the average, a CASA volunteer can expect to spend between 8 to 10 hours per month working on their case. This time can vary depending on the dynamics of each case. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CASA? A CASA volunteer advocate has one case at a time, and can offer concentrated attention in a way that caseworkers are unable to do with their increasing caseloads. The CASA is responsible only to the judge. The CASA advocate brings a "common sense" point of view to the system and can offer an independent perspective to the case. The CASA helps move the child's case through the system resulting in greater opportunities for the child to achieve permanent placement at the earliest time possible according to state laws.
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