Rockdale Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to be a child’s voice in court. Through the use of trained and supervised volunteers, abused and neglected children will have an advocate to represent their best interest, to advocate for resources and to help the legal system be more child-focused, one child at a time; so that a child’s right to a permanent and safe home is ensured.
Establish a stable, one-on-one relationship with a child in foster care and get to know the child’s unique history.
Gather information from anyone who can shed light on the child’s situation – teachers, foster parents, family members, physicians, etc.
Attend court proceedings (usually every six months) and make fact-based, informed and independent recommendation to the judge about what is in the child’s best interests.
Advocate for timeliness and permanency for children involved in juvenile court proceedings
Help the child plan and develop age-appropriate goals.
Bring a sense of urgency to the child’s needs and promote safety
Ensure the child has access to needed medical, education, career, and housing services.
Remain involved until the case is permanently resolved to keep the focus on the child