What does the name “CASA” mean?
“CASA” is an acronym that stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates”.
What is CASA?
CASA of Rochester/Monroe County, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to train and supervise a diverse group of volunteers to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected. These children are at risk of being removed, or have been removed, from their homes. CASA’s goal is that all children have a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.
What does CASA do?
Once they are trained, CASA volunteers meet and talk to the different people involved in the case to which they are assigned. The volunteers gather factual information and bring the information back to the Family Court Judge. With more information in hand, the judge can make a more informed decision as to what should happen next in the lives of the children involved.
How does CASA become involved in a case?
The only way CASA can become involved in a case is by assignment of a Family Court Judge. The Family Court Judge assigns CASA to a case so that CASA can provide the court with information about the child and his or her family.