What is CASA?
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA is a private, non profit organization that recruits, trains and supports court approved community volunteers, to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children that are in the court system, seeking to assure safe, permanent families for them as quickly as possible.
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers citizens as appointed members of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time – and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.