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What Do CASA Volunteers Do?
CASA Volunteers advocate for children when:
  • The Court needs specific information or a child would benefit from an independent investigation in order to make a decision regarding the child’s welfare.
  • There is an unnecessary delay in achieving family reunification, legal guardianship, adoption, or emancipation.
  • The child has a specific unmet need and requires advocacy to obtain educational, medical, or other services, except for the need for a mentor, big brother/sister, or special friend.
CASA volunteers talk with social workers, family members, caregivers, teachers, doctors, therapists, attorneys - anyone who knows the child and can provide information about the child's needs. CASA volunteers evaluate circumstances, investigate resources, look for community resources, and visit the child regularly and frequently. CASA volunteers spend, on average, 5-6 hours per week on a case.

CASA volunteers present information they have gathered to the judge hearing the child's case via a written report that describes the child's situation and makes recommendations in the child’s best interests. For busy judges hearing 35 to 45 cases a day, CASA reports are an important source of information needed to make good decisions about a child's future.
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