What is a CASA volunteer?

A CASA volunteer is a regular everyday person who is trained to work as an advocate for a child in their local community who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers are appointed by a family court judge to a child’s case in order to ensure that the child remains a priority in an overburdened child welfare system, and so that the judge maintains an accurate understanding of the child and his/her case. CASAs get to know the child while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, therapists, caregivers, and anyone else involved in the child’s life. This is done in order to make independent and informed recommendations that help the judge decide what’s in the best interest of the child. CASA has been best described as the "eyes and ears" of the court.