Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA)Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who serve as powerful voices for abused and neglected children as they navigate through the court system. CASA’s are community members appointed by a judge to advocate, on a one-on-one basis, for children in need of care. CASA’s report to the judge and others in the child welfare system on the child’s behalf. A CASA stands beside the child with the primary goal of helping them reach a safe and permanent home.
Why CASA is Unique
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.
Focused exclusively upon the child’s best interest, a CASA volunteer provides individualized one-on-one advocacy. Advocates are recruited from the community and selected for each child to maximize the unique abilities of the advocate. A CASA volunteer works with all agencies and parties involved to gather information and to provide an independent report for the Court with recommendations based solely upon the child’s best interest.
I AM FOR THE CHILD!
Become a CASA VolunteerTo learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, watch the short video below.
LinksLouisiana CASA Association www.louisianacasa.org
National CASA Association www.nationalcasa.org