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Title: Introducing CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
Corporate Author: US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Office of the Inspector General
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This bulletin describes the development and operations of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, which uses citizen volunteers as court-appointed special advocates (guardians ad litem) to advise the court about the best interests of a child involved in placement proceedings.
Abstract: On January 1, 1977, the King County Superior Court (Washington State) inaugurated the CASA program; more than 131 CASA programs now operate in 26 States. CASA programs operate in dependency cases in which children have allegedly been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families. Only the court can appoint a CASA volunteer. As a guardian ad litem, CASA investigates and evaluates case circumstances and gives a recommendation to the court regarding action believed to be in the child's best interest. Developers of successful CASA programs identify the following success factors: support of a strong judge, a clear definition of the CASA role, an effective program manager, and the recruitment and training of a broad spectrum of volunteers. Although each CASA training program differs, generally all include 10 to 45 hours of initial preservice training information on child abuse, the character of advocacy, juvenile justice procedures, foster care and placement, and CASA role. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of information sources are provided.
Index Term(s): Child placement services; Guardian ad litem; Volunteer programs; Volunteer training
Note: Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
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