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What We Do

What Is CASA

CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of children whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are in Monroe County Family Court as a result of neglecting and/or abusing their children.. CASA Advocates collect their own information, get to know each child on their case, and write reports directly to the court. Advocates state their concerns regarding the child’s best interests.

CASA Advocates:

Are in contact with attorneys, caseworkers, and other providers of social services, as well as the parents and families of the children.

Interview parents, family members, teachers, doctors, foster parents, and other adults who may have information about the child.

Express concerns to the court about any issues or concerns relating to the child’s educational, medical, or emotional needs, and the most appropriate, permanent placement for the child.

Form trusting relationships with the children they serve and represent their best interests at all times.

Spend an average of 10-12 hours per month on a case.

Advocate Requirements:

 CASA Advocates must be at least 21 years old.

 Participate in a pre-screening process that includes successfully passing criminal and child abuse registry checks.

 Participate in pre-service training composed of classroom and self-study components, observe Family Court, and complete training assignments.

 Commit to a minimum of 24 months as a consistent Advocate. 

CASA's Impact in a Recent Year:

42 CASA Advocates donated a total of 3,657 hours,

137 youth in neglect and abuse cases received advocacy services.

36 youth found permanency with the help of their CASA Volunteer.

CASA Advocates can positively impact the lives of children who have been abused and neglected, and also positively impact the judicial and child welfare systems.

*CASA 2022 Calendar Year Statistics

To learn more about how you can be a voice for the well-being of a neglected or abused child, contact, or call 585. 371.3981.


To become an advocate you can apply online here.