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What We Do

What We Do

Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind.


Today there are almost 1,000 CASA programs around the country. It is a unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from 70,000 volunteers all committed to the rights of every child in the foster care and child welfare system.

What Our Advocates Do

Gather Information

Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.

Appear in court

Advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary.

"Be the glue"

Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children's lives. As one volunteer said: Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.

Monitor case plans and court orders

Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review hearings are being held.

Document findings

Provide written reports at court hearings.

Explain what is going on

Help the child understand the court proceedings.

Recommend services

Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child's health, education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.

Keep the court informed

Update the court on developments with agencies and family members. Ensure that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in the child's situation.

How Advocates Are Supported

In addition to in-depth training and continuing education, you will be supported every step of the way. You will have opportunities for continuing education and have access to online resources provided by National CASA, including a resource library, national Facebook community and national conference.

Apply To Become A CASA Advocate Now
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