What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an individual who is committed to providing factual information about the situation of an abused or neglected child. The information and recommendations the CASA provides to the Court assist the court in making crucial decisions about a child’s future. Capital City CASAs represent the diverse communities found within Cole County, Missouri. CASAs come from all professions, races, ethnicities and social and economic backgrounds. CASAs must be at least 21 years old.
What do CASA’s commit to do?
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Successfully complete a 30 hour pre-service training.
Commit to serving 12-18 months as a CASA.
Work closely with their CASA staff.
Spend approximately 10-12 hours a month on a case.
Attending all court hearings and monthly case meetings.
Attend 12 hours of in-service training per year.
How are CASAs effective?
By actively monitoring the child’s case as it progresses through the court system to ensure that the child’s best interests are being met and that the necessary services are provided.
By gathering information and conducting an independent investigation about the family’s situation.
By observing family and sibling visits.
By making recommendation to the court regarding the child’s best interest.
By being present at all court hearings and when requested by the Judge, providing oral testimony.
By being present at other meetings that affect the child(ren)’s best interest between court dates.
By maintaining accurate records and objectivity.
By remaining in close communication with their CASA staff.
By having a flexible personal and professional schedule in order to accommodate court dates and meetings.