Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA volunteers, are trained volunteers who advocate for the "best interest" of an abused or neglected child in the courtroom. Being a CAA is a huegly rewarding volunteer opportunity because voolunteers work to make our court system more responsive to the individual needs of 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: CASA's provide an objective examination of the childs current situation, relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of a child.
Collaborate: CASA 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 needs are met.
Monitor: CASA keep track of whether the orders of the court and the plans of the childs protective services agency are carried out. They report to the court
and collatorate with the childs services agency/parties for their recommendation and relevant concerns.
Advocate: CASAs speak up for the child by making fact based recommendations regarding the child's best interests in a written court report.
The CASA staff provides volunteers professional support and guidance through the duration of every case.
More information on CASA is available at www.kaynoblecasa.org.