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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a CASA?

A CASA is another set of eyes and ears for the court.  CASA volunteers investigate, interview and report on all aspects of a child's dependency case and life.   From helping siblings find permanent homes together, to helping a child access needed services, to uncovering information that helps reunite a loving family, volunteer advocates make an incredible difference to the lives of abused and neglected children.  Our goal is to ensure a child has a safe permanent home as quickly as possible.  CASA's primary responsibility is to advocate for the "best interests" of the child.

What does a CASA do?

  • Gather Information 
    Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.​

  • Court Reports
    Provide written reports to the court in preparation for all court proceedings.​

  • Attend Court
    Advocate for the child’s best interests.​

  • Be the “Safety Net”
    Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives.

  • Recommend Services
    Ensure that the children are receiving appropriate services by keeping the parties involved informed of any needs currently not being addressed. Bring concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc., to the court’s immediate attention.

  • Monitor Case Plans and Court Orders
    Assist the Court by reporting any deviation from what the court has ordered for the life of the case.

  • Visit with the Child
    Maintain a consistent and regular visiting schedule with the child, on at least a monthly basis.

  • Attend Meetings to Advocate for the Child
    Represent the child in meetings with schools, counselors, and other professionals.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to prepare court reports and communicate with professionals

  • Give a minimum 12 month commitment once assigned

  • Willing to donate 5-15 hours of service per month

  • Complete a 33 hour training course

  • Pass a background check including criminal, child abuse registry, sexual offender registry, and references

  • Must possess mature judgment, high degree of responsibility and sufficient time to serve the best interest of the child

  • Must be able to relate to persons of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status

  • Must have lived in the United States for the past seven years (for background check purposes)

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