Our Mission: CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.
What is a CASA?
CASAs are trained volunteers appointed by the Judge for the child. The purpose of the CASA is to help determine what is in the child’s best interest by finding out as much information as possible about the child.
How do CASAs determine the child’s best interest?
CASAs talk with the child, parents, foster parents, other family members, the social worker, teachers, attorneys, and anyone else who is important to the child. CASAs make visits to observe the child at least 1-2 times a month. CASAs may also meet with the child in school or at another designated location. CASAs review relevant records regarding the child such as attendance records or health records.
What do CASAs do with the information that they learn about the child?
CASAs submit a written report to the Court detailing what he/she has learned from interviews, observations, and record reviews. The report also contains recommendations for what the CASA believes is in the child’s best interest. In all cases, CASAs advocate for safe and permanent homes for children.
Who gets to read the CASA report?
The Judge and all direct parties in the case including the parents attorneys, the assigned social workers, the child’s Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and the SAAG (DFCS Attorney).
Is the CASA a Social Worker?
No, the CASA is a volunteer independently appointed by the Court and does not work for the Department of Human Services.
How is a CASA different from the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)?
The CASA is an unpaid volunteer and the GAL is an attorney representing the legal interests of the child.
Where can I find out more information about the CASA program?
For more information, you can call 706-864-0300 or visit www.EnotahCASA.org