What does a CASA do?

Provides a consistent presence in a foster child’s life 

Learn about the child

When a child is placed in foster care for their safety, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) may be appointed by the family court judge.

The CASA will visit the child regularly and speak to everyone in the child’s life -including parents, teachers, therapists, doctors, foster parents, attorneys and social workers.

Become a dependable adult in the child’s life

The CASA becomes a consistent presence in the child’s life while everything else may be changing. The child may go to new schools, different homes and have new doctors and social workers. The child learns they can rely upon their CASA to be there for them.

Report to Family Court

The CASA provides the Family Court Judge with a report every time the child’s case is reviewed in court, approximately quarterly. The report includes recommendations  regarding what is in the child’s best interest. Ideally the child can return home to their parents but if this is not possible then another permanent solution will be sought for a safe, loving home preferably with relatives or close family friends.

Continue to Advocate

While most children find permanent homes in 1-2 years, sometimes — for example when a child is being adopted or an older teen is nearing the age of emancipation — the process may extend to 3 years or more.

During this time, the CASA ensures that the child has everything he or she needs. This includes educational, medical and mental health requirements as well as having normal childhood experiences such as celebrating their birthday, going to summer camp, participating in sports, enriching their artistic nature, or learning to play music.