A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused, neglected, or abandoned child. Bringing urgency to a child’s needs both in and out of a courtroom, CASA volunteers advocate for safety, permanence, and well-being for children through independent recommendations.
CASA advocates are ordinary people with an extraordinary desire to help Idaho’s abused and neglected children grow up in safe, loving homes. Our volunteers advocate for a child’s best interest so she may grow up in a safe, permanent, loving home.
A CASA volunteer is appointed to advocate for the child’s best interests. The advocate becomes the “eyes and ears” of the court, making independent, objective recommendations to the judge based on the information they have gathered through meeting with the child and his or her parents, foster parents, social workers, school teachers, therapists and more.
CASA volunteer advocates are trained to help the child navigate this process efficiently so he or she may find stability in a safe, permanent, loving home as quickly as possible while enduring the least amount of trauma and upheaval.
How to become
Volunteer applicants over the age of 21 are required to complete a rigorous screening process. Each of the following steps are mandatory:
Program staff cannot make a final determination of placement in the program until the applicant has successfully completed each of the above steps. Completion of the screening process does not guarantee acceptance into the CASA/GAL program.