CASAs are appointed by the Juvenile Court to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. Children range from newborn to 18 years old. The primary responsibilities of a CASA are to:
- Gather information: Review documents, records, and interview children, family members and professionals.
- Document findings: Provide written reports to the court.
- Appear in court: Advocate for the child’s best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
- Explain what is going on: Help the child understand the court proceedings.
- Seek cooperative solutions: Seek solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives.
- Recommend services: Help to ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services.
- Monitor case plans and court orders: Check to see that plans and orders are being followed.
- Keep the court informed: Update the court on developments with agencies and family members.