Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA Volunteers, are trained volunteers who advocate for the "best interests" of an abused or neglected child in the courtroom. Being a CASA is a hugely rewarding volunteer opportunity because volunteers work to make our court system more responsive to the individual needs of abused children. An attentive system solves problems and creates better outcomes for children and families. CASA Volunteers are essentially the "eyes and ears" of the court. The role of the CASA Volunteer consists of four primary responsibilities:
Investigate: CASAs carry out an objective examination of the child’s current situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child.
Collaborate: CASAs identify resources and services to meet the needs of the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship between all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child’s needs are met.
Monitor: CASAs keep track of whether the orders of the court and the plans of the child protective services agency are carried out, and report to the court or collaborate with the child protective services agency when any of the parties do not follow those orders and plans.
Advocate: CASAs Speak up for the child by making fact-based recommendations regarding the child’s best interests in a written court report.
Each CASA Volunteer is paired with a CASA Staff member that provides professional support and guidance through the duration of their case.
During FY 2011, ninety-three children were served and 53 children left foster care to live with safe, nurturing families.
More information on CASA is available at www.kaynoblecasa.org.