WHAT IS A CASA?
CASA (n.) [kah-sah]
Court Appointed Special Advocate
Objective, community volunteers – who are not part of the child welfare system – that focus their efforts solely on gathering information and making recommendations regarding children in abuse, neglect, or dependency cases.
VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE THOROUGH TRAINING
Volunteers receive a minimum 30 hours of initial training.
Volunteers complete 12 hours of ongoing training each year.
WHAT DOES A CASA DO?
A CASA IS AN ADVOCATE
When a CASA volunteer accepts a case, they must agree to follow through with it until the child has a safe, permanent home.
Because most volunteers carry only 1 or 2 cases at a time and are assigned to each case for its duration, they typically have a depth of information that other parties may not have obtained.
More importantly, unlike child protective service providers, a CASA is legislatively mandated to see the child more often, assuring stability and their voice is consistently heard.
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