What is a CASA?
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASAs are volunteers of all backgrounds who make a commitment to advocate for the needs of the child or sibling group with whom they are matched.
Why become a CASA?
In our overburdened system, no one else is specifically focused on the exact needs of this one child. Once the court has determined the parents’ neglect, the Social Worker has many other cases to monitor and foster parents are not charged with this responsibility. Plus, all of these people may change! As a CASA, you may well be the only consistent person in this child’s life, the only person who represents to the system what the child needs, and what is best for the child. A child in the court’s care is frightened, removed from all they know, and often changes residences repeatedly. For these children, a CASA may be the only constant during this frightening, uncertain time. Few volunteer roles have such a critical and immediate impact on the life of a child as that of a CASA!