What is a CASA?
CASA |ˈkɑsə| n. 1. A Court Appointed Special Advocate is an unbiased and fierce protector of an abused or neglected child going through the trauma of the court system.
CASA volunteers are granted tremendous authority by the court and are able to do what it takes to see that a child is not ignored, their best interests are served, and that the judge is able to understand the true facts of a child’s condition in an over-burdened child welfare system.
What Do CASA Volunteers Do?
CASA volunteers listen first. Then they act.
CASAs are in a unique position to work in the system without being of the system. Throughout the process, CASAs have permission to visit the children regularly, talk to a child’s parents, teachers, caseworkers, doctors and therapists in order to hear all perspectives and give an unbiased portrayal of the case to the judge. CASA volunteers help kids through the system safely, quickly, and more effectively.
“CASA is a key component of good outcomes for children in this county.” – John L. Collins, Former Presiding Judge, Yamhill County Circuit Court