Use your voice - become a CASA
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things…
What do CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) do for children in the foster care system?
Understand and Support
How the child is doing: in their placement, in school, with friends and activities.
Introduce a child to healthy activities and model problem-solving skills.
Encourage a child’s self expression; validate their feelings, fears, and beliefs.
Visit regularly and follow-up on what is important for the child.
Find people who can be lifelong connections for the child.
Work with teachers, schools, and foster parents for academic success.
Provide the Judge with detailed information with which to make decisions.
A trained volunteer advocate (that might be you) reviews the case information and consults with their Advocate Supervisor as well as the other professionals on the team (social workers, attorneys, foster parents, group homes) to develop a case plan focusing on the priority issue for the child.
CASAs are unique in providing information not usually available to the Court. Prior to each court hearing, the CASA prepares a court report with their evaluations and recommendations for the child. The Juvenile Court Judge considers the CASA’s report along with the social worker's report prior to making a decision. Through consistent personal contact with the child, the CASA's perspective provides objective and invaluable recommendations to the judge to help guide his or her decisions.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer advocate for a child we would like to hear from you. Click below to find out about next steps.