CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate.
A CASA Volunteer is appointed by the Family Court Judge to provide factual, independent and objective information regarding the status of children involved in child protective proceedings. The CASA Volunteer complements the duties of other professionals involved in neglect and abuse cases. Other professionals include, but are not limited to, the Court, protective service workers, foster care workers, prosecuting attorneys, the lawyer-guardian ad litem, attorneys for the respondent parents, and therapists and counselors.
History of CASA
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.
Cass County CASA…
was founded in 1995, by Judge Susan Dobrich. The first volunteers were trained in 1997. Today there are 180+ children in foster care in Cass County where 20+ volunteers advocate for approximately 40 of these children. Additional volunteers can make a difference.
The Cass County CASA program provides court appointed special advocates who appear in court and act as a “voice” for abused and neglected children in child protective proceedings in Cass County.
If you are interested in learning more about being a volunteer advocate or a board member, contact Program Director, Jim Ward, at (269) 445-4431 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency.