CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASAs are specially trained volunteers who are appointed as “Officers of the Court” to an abused or neglected child. Their role is to make recommendations to the Court about what is in the child’s best interest.
The volunteer will draw together this information by getting to know the child and gathering information from other persons who are involved in this child’s life. CASA volunteers are an active part of the child’s team that is working toward ensuring that the child has a safe, stable and permanent home.
Other members of the team may include the child’s Department of Social Services foster care worker, foster parents, biological parents, extended family, teachers, doctors, and therapists.