CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a volunteer that is appointed by a judge to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. CASAs are ordinary men and women that come from all walks of life, educational levels, and ethnic backgrounds, who volunteer to serve as an advocate for a child or sibling group. Today, the law requires that every child in foster care be appointed a CASA. The CASA acts as the voice for the child. When a child enters the child welfare system, suddenly there are many strangers in their lives. There are judges, police officers, lawyers, counselors, foster parents, and others. This child needs a voice to remind everyone that at the heart of it all, there is a child involved.
Once again congratulations and welcome to the CASA family!
We want to thank everyone for making this event so wonderful and successful. I want to give a special thanks to everyone that attended, sold tickets, donated raffle baskets and helped in other ways. The money raised will go towards funding future CASA training’s and our overall program. Thank you for your support!
I want to thank everyone who attended our CASA Annual Potluck on 8/24/16. It was wonderful connecting and spending time with our CASA family. I want to give a special “Shout Out” to one of our CASA Peer Mentors Vickie Chambers who hosted the event in her home. At the event we also acknowledged and thanked the CASA’s who have been active Advocates for one year. They all received a one year CASA pin and CASA key chain. The one year CASA’s included Teresa Best, Cheri Snodgrass, Brytni Owen and Dawn Rome–you all are amazing Advocates! Overall the food was delightful and we even had a surprise guest neighborhood dog who showed up for the festivities.
SMART’s 2016 GALA
How do I become a CASA?
If you have a willingness to help children and be their voice, you can be a CASA. To become a CASA. you must complete the following 6 steps.
- Complete an application and interview.
- Pass a fingerprint and criminal history background check.
- Complete 36 hours of initial training and orientation. All of the training must be completed.
- Be sworn in as an officer of the court.
- Meet with the case manager for a case assignment.
- CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a CASA Volunteer.
Role of CASA?
When a CASA volunteer is appointed to a case, he or she is responsible for gathering information, and coordinating as many elements as possible, in order to secure for each child a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASAs visit children regularly, review records, interview parents and relatives, consult with teachers and foster care providers. They advocate for the children and families to gain access to needed support and services. They appear in court to advocate on behalf of the child’s needs and best interests.