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.

CASA advocates are ordinary people with an extraordinary desire to help Idaho’s abused and neglected children grow up in safe, loving homes. Our volunteers advocate for a child’s best interest so she may grow up in a safe, permanent, loving home.

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

What does Idaho CASA do?

The Idaho CASA Association works to promote, assist, and support the development, growth, and continuation of the 7 Judicial Districts CASA/GAL programs in the state and support their missions to help ensure every abused or neglected child be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:

  • ​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.

Idaho CASA Facts:

  • 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

Recent News

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018

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...

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