what is a casa?
CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training with their local program. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children. A CASA volunteer is paired with one child or family and stays with that child until the case is closed and the child is in a safe and permanent home. There are not enough advocates to represent all of the children in care, so judges often assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult cases.
A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to have a consistent and responsible adult presence in their life, be adopted, have a plan for permanency, find a safe permanent home, get more help while in the system, do better in school, and spend less time in foster care. A child with a CASA volunteer is less likely to be bounced from home to home, spend time in long-term foster care, and re-enter foster care.