What is a CASA/GAL Volunteer?
CASA / GAL volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provide a powerful voice in court for abused and neglected children. They gather information, examine and recommend to the Judge the best option for a safe and permanent home for the children assigned to them.
CASA / GAL volunteers spend the majority of their time interviewing adults involved in the case, including teachers, foster parents, attorneys, caseworkers, counselors, parents, medical professionals and family members to determine the facts and circumstances of the child’s situation. The volunteer CASA / GAL is often the one constant in a child’s life during the time the child is in care.
Who can become a CASA Volunteer?
People just like you. Full or part-time professionals, semi-retired or retired educators, stay-at-home parents and college-age students. You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to be a volunteer. A typical CASA / GAL volunteer: passionately cares about the health and welfare of children; appreciates a high quality of life in their community; believes that abuse has no place in the home; and understands that children who witness or experience abuse are forever affected.