What does the acronym CASA represent?
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. For more information about the history of CASA, please click here.
How is a CASA volunteer different from a social worker?
Social workers are employed by the state and often assigned to many cases at one time. The social worker is responsible for helping an entire family, which includes setting up individual services for family members. A CASA volunteer is the advocate for the child, is not paid, works with only a few cases at a time and does not set up services. The CASA volunteer does not replace the social worker on a case; he or she is an independent officer of the court and works within the child welfare system to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child.
How is a CASA volunteer different from an attorney?
A CASA volunteer does not provide legal representation for a child in the courtroom; he or she does not replace an attorney.
Is being a CASA volunteer the same as being a mentor?
CASA volunteers are only appointed to children who have come to the attention of the juvenile court system due to abuse or neglect Like a mentoring program, the CASA volunteer does develop a relationship with the child through frequent contact; however, the primary role of the CASA volunteer is to gather information about the child, write reports to the court and attend court hearings. The CASA program is not a mentoring program.
Who do CASA volunteers serve and how are they appointed to cases?
CASA volunteers serve children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse and/or neglect. They range in age from 0-18, come from all races and ethnicities and have one thing in common – they have been traumatized at the hands of those who were supposed to be their protectors. Once the children are taken into the custody of the state, their cases are overseen by judges in the juvenile courts who appoint CASA volunteers to provide recommendations about what is in the best interests of the children – now and for the future.
Who should I contact about a specific case or CASA volunteer?
For questions regarding a specific case the CASA organization is involved with or for questions about a specific CASA volunteer, please contact the appropriate affiliate program.
What is the mission of the Missouri CASA Association?
The mission of the Missouri CASA Association is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Missouri by promoting the development, expansion and improvement of CASA programs statewide.
Which affiliate CASA program serves my community?
Please check the program directory to find out which affiliate CASA program serves your community.
How do I find contact information for CASA programs outside of Missouri?
Please click here to find contact information on all CASA programs in the United States.
How can I donate to Missouri CASA or an affiliate CASA program?
You can make a charitable donation to Missouri CASA online by credit card or via mail by check or money order by visiting the donate page.
How can I start an affiliate CASA program in my community?
If you are interested in starting an affiliate CASA program in your community, please visit the new program development page for more information.