What it means to be a CASA volunteer
When children enter the foster care system because their home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA. A child’s CASA is not their foster parent or caregiver, but does play a vital role in their life during their time in foster care.
CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need. CASA volunteers reclaim the future of our youth and save taxpayers money by helping children find a safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
CASA volunteers are often the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect.
A CASA volunteer’s sole objective is to represent the best interests of the child, one case at a time – this specialized attention transforms the lives of children in the foster care system each and every day. Click here to view stories of our advocates’ impact.