What does CASA stand for?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused, neglected, or abandoned child. Bringing urgency to a child’s needs both in and out of a courtroom, CASA volunteers advocate for safety, permanence and well-being for children through independent recommendations.
A CASA volunteer is appointed to advocate for the child’s best interests. The advocate becomes the “eyes and ears” of the court, making independent, objective recommendations to the judge based on the information they have gathered through meeting with the child and his or her parents, foster parents, social workers, school teachers, therapists and more.
CASA volunteer advocates are trained to help the child navigate this process efficiently so he or she may find stability in a safe, permanent, loving home as quickly as possible while enduring the least amount of trauma and upheaval.
The CASA Model Works
- More likely to be adopted;
- Half as likely to re-enter foster care;
- Substantially less likely to spend time in long term foster care;
- More likely to have plan for permanency.
- 1,863 child protection cases
- 3,323 children in child protection cases
- 2,677, 81% of children in child protection cases served by volunteers or staff
- Are less likely to become an abusive parent
Date Contact: Name Title Contact information Idaho CASA Urges Idaho Residents to Act Against Child Abuse (CITY, STATE) – During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Idaho CASA challenges residents of (STATE/CITY/COUNTY/REGION) to stand against child abuse...read more
The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (National CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and...read more
Evaluation context and approach In our 2017 report, Child Welfare System, we found that guardian ad litem programs have some common implementation challenges: (1) program staff struggle to recruit enough volunteer advocates to adequately represent all children, (2)...read more