What is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?
Court-Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who are trained and supervised by the non-profit organization, CASA, to represent the best interests of children who are the victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court.

The desired result is that children are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive. These volunteers are sworn in as officers of the court, and provide pertinent information to the judge so that important decisions can be made regarding the child's educational and health related needs, therapy, visitation and ultimately permanency.

These advocates:

  • Review the child's records

  • Interview parents, foster parents, teachers and relatives

  • Meet with the child regularly

  • Prepare reports

  • Make recommendations

  • Ensure that the child's educational needs are met

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1. At what age is it appropriate to leave my child at home alone?
2. What constitutes child abuse and/or neglect?
3. Is homelessness a reason to remove a child from his or her parents?
4. If I make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, will my identity be protected?
5. Can I make an anonymous report of child abuse or neglect?
6. What persons are mandated by the state to report suspected child abuse or neglect and what are the penalties for failure to report?
7. When would it be necessary to remove a child from his or her home?
8. What is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?
9. What is a guardian ad litem?