CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. There is a program here in Utah that you can volunteer for which will help abused and neglected children that are currently under the Court’s jurisdiction. CASA is a national program. A CASA is an advocate for children under the court’s jurisdiction for abuse, neglect or dependency. Children who otherwise would not have a voice in court benefit from talking to someone they can trust – someone they know is there to help them – a CASA.
What is a CASA Volunteer?
CASA volunteers are appointed by a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) attorney to advocate for the best interests of abuse and neglected children. The primary responsibilities of a CASA are to:
• Gather Information
• Document Findings
• Appear in/Attend Court
• Monitor Case Plans and Court Orders
• Keep the GAL informed
• Visit with the child
CASAs agree to commit to serve one year and to visit with the child at lease twice a month and spend an average of 8 hours a month on the case.
You can learn more about the program and volunteer from their website.