We are a volunteer based not-for-profit committed to being the voice of abused children in court. We help children have safe and permanent homes.
What is a CASA volunteer?
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a specially trained adult appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of children who are involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect.
What is the CASA volunteer's role?
The CASA is a stable, reliable adult who ensures a child’s needs for safety and permanence are met. CASA advocates:
- Meet with the child or sibling group on a regular basis, develop a relationship with the child and gets to know their needs.
- Meet with others who have information about the child such as parents, foster parents, teachers, counselors, social workers, etc.
- Review all records pertaining to the child; including court records, caseworker reports, school and medical records.
- Provide a written report to the judge prior to each court hearing that provides information about the child and helps the judge make a better, more informed decision about the child's future.
How does a CASA volunteer differ from a caseworker?
A social service caseworker usually handles 40 to 60 cases and a CASA volunteer is typically assigned to only 1 or 2 sibling groups at a time. Because CASA’s are volunteers, they are frequently perceived as less adversarial by the families and are able to gain more cooperation and information. The CASA is also able to make recommendations to the court independent of state agency restrictions.
Is there a "typical" CASA volunteer?
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of educational and ethnic backgrounds. Many CASA volunteers are employed full or part-time; others include college students, retirees and homemakers.
How effective is the CASA program?
Based on 2017 Annual Outcomes:
- CASA volunteers are effective in keeping children safe; 99% of children with a CASA assigned to their case do not experience any additional abuse or neglect while the CASA is involved.
- After CASA has been released and the court case has closed, children who had a CASA are much less likely to return to the court system (1%) due to abuse and neglect than those children that never had a CASA (15%).
- CASA volunteers are a stable presence for children; 95% of children had the same CASA during their court involvement.
How can I start the process to become a CASA volunteer?
First, review the requirements of becoming a CASA advocate for children. You'll also learn more about our application, screening and training process. We also encourage you to attend a Conversation with CASA, our monthly lunch and learn session.
How is CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties funded?
Funding is critical to CASA’s ability to advocate for a child. Professional staff oversee the recruitment, screening, training and ongoing supervision of volunteers. We rely on contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals. We also receive funding from state and local government as well as the United Way. Click here to see a limited listing of our funding partners.