Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)volunteers are citizens who are appointed by dependency court judges and are trained to investigate the circumstances of children who have been removed from their homes primarily due to abuse or neglect. They become a voice for foster children and help protect their rights by advocating for their best interests, their safety and permanency and by acting as “eyes and ears” for the court.
Volunteers get to know the child by spending time with them and doing their independent assessment on the case, talking with everyone in that child's life; parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to write a report to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them. For additional information go to: www.azcourts.gov/CASA