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The mission of CASA is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are ordinary citizens who become trained to advocate for the best interest of a child or sibling group that has been the victim of abuse and neglect. The children are involved in the juvenile court through no fault of their own and require the court’s intervention because they would not be safe without the special attention afforded by the Court. Many of the children who have a CASA volunteer have been removed from their home due to safety issues. CASA volunteers ultimately advocate for the child by making recommendations to the court about the child’s safety. Volunteers also help ensure that children are not in temporary out-of-home placements any longer than necessary. CASA volunteers are another set of 'eyes and ears’ for the court. Judges rely on CASA volunteers to provide a complete picture of the child’s circumstances.CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. They are carefully screened and trained. All training is provided and no past child-welfare experience is necessary. Volunteers simply need to be committed to helping children.
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