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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer guardian ad litem who represents the best interests of children during court proceedings and in other settings so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have been appointed by judges and trained to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers are for children!

The CASA volunteer plays a critical role in child protection proceedings. Unlike the other participants, the CASA volunteer has no interest other than that of the child. The court, in contrast, must uphold the rights of the parents, the state, and the child. Social services agencies are bound by public policies and agency regulations which may be different or insensitive to the needs of individual children. Although other participants state their goals in terms of the child's interests, the child's CASA volunteer is unique in having only the interests of child in mind.

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