What is a CASA volunteer?

CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is not an attorney but a lay advocate who volunteers his or her time to get to know the children in abuse and neglect cases and advocate for their best interests.  They are sometimes called the “eyes and ears” of the court because they don’t represent the wishes of any one party, just the best interest of the child.  They attend all court hearings and meetings, issue reports to the court, testify, and stay on the case until it is closed and the child is in a safe and permanent home.