CASAs listen first, and then they act. CASAs get to know the child by talking to them and 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 inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.
Roles and responsibilities of a CASA
- Know the child - To establish a relationship, the CASA shall have regular and sufficient in-person contact with the child where the child lives, attends school, and participates in community activities so they can ensure that child's voice is heard.
- Investigation – The CASA shall carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child by reviewing all relevant documents and records; interviewing the child, parents, social workers, teachers, and other appropriate persons; and observing the child in his or her natural environments.
- Advocacy – Identify and make recommendations regarding the best interests of the child to the Juvenile Court and others.
- Facilitation – Identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship among all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child’s needs are met.
- Monitoring – Remain actively involved until the case is terminated and the child is in a safe and permanent living environment.