Change a Child’s Story™
The National CASA/GAL Association for Children supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.
The Role of a CASA Volunteer
CASA volunteers get to know the child(ren) on their case while also gathering information from the biological and foster parents, teachers, doctors, therapists, caregivers, DHS caseworkers, and others in order to make independent and informed recommendations to help the judge decide what’s best for the child. They are a consistent adult presence for a child or sibling group throughout their entire case.
Typical tasks for CASA volunteers include:
- Visiting the child(ren) at least once a month
- Reviewing case files
- Gathering and documenting information
- Participating in staffings
- Writing court reports (a report of pertinent information and observations along with recommendations)
- Attending each court hearing (they typically take place once every three months)