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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

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CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers are every day people appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court.


CASAs spend many hours monthly with a child or sibling group to get to know them and build a one-on-one rapport. CASAs meet with behavioral, mental health, and medical providers to identify appropriate services. They attend school meetings to ensure suitable academic support. CASAs review court reports and documents and attend court hearings. They submit written reports to the court with recommendations to the Judge so informed decision-making that safeguard the child’s safety, best interest, and overall well-being can be made.

The time commitment to a case varies depending upon the stage of the case. Volunteers sometimes say that there is a greater amount of work in the beginning of the case when they are conducting their initial research. On average a volunteer can expect to spend approximately 15 hours a month on a case.

VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE REQUIREMENTS

●  21 years or older
 
●  Willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references, and participate in an interview
 
●  Complete a minimum of 30 hours' pre-service training
 
●  Be available for court appearances with advance notice
 
●  Commitment to the CASA program until your first case is closed

 

Amy Brandhuber

Supervisor

CASA of Pima County

(520) 724-2069

For more information about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate
call CASA of Pima County at
(520) 724-2060
or email 
[email protected]