CASA volunteer advocates are ordinary citizens who come from all walks of life and all ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Volunteers must be at least 21, have a valid driver's license, current auto insurance and transportation, pass criminal record checks, and be committed to helping children. A CASA advocate must complete a training program and commit themselves to the child or children in their case for a minimum of 18 months.
CASA volunteer advocates work alongside attorneys and social workers as appointed officers of the court. They do not work for the Department of Family and Protective Services. CASA is a separate, non-profit agency. After being trained, a CASA advocate is appointed to a case and he or she is responsible for taking the time to find out as much as possible about the child. CASA advocates search for information by reviewing records, interviewing parents and other family members, talking to teachers, doctors, foster parents, and anyone else who may have information about the child. CASA advocates form trusting relationships with the children they serve and represent the children's interests at all times. They make recommendations to the judge about any issues/concerns relating to the child's educational, medical, emotional needs and the best, most appropriate, permanent placement for a child in foster care.
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