Court Appointed Special Advocates
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Siskiyou County provides a voice for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court process.
The CASA Mission:
Our CASA program recruits, screens and trains community volunteer advocates. Our mission is to monitor foster children’s progress through court proceedings, assess and inform the court of the children’s needs and progress and work toward permanent and safe placement of each child in a timely manner.
What does a CASA do?
CASA volunteers are adult men and women who become stable, caring friends to abused and neglected children and strong voices in court on their behalf. A volunteer establishes a one-on-one relationship with a foster child and gives 2-3 hours per week communicating with the child (usually in person) and others involved in the child’s life while advocating for that child’s safety and best interest. Appointed by the court, CASAs ensure that our foster children don’t get lost in an overburdened system.
- Monitor the child's progress throughout the court proceedings, providing continuity and emotional support for the child.
- Assess and inform the court of the child's needs, desires, and progress.
- Work towards permanent and safe placement of the child in a timely manner.
- Educate the public and help create awareness of the plight of children involved in the dependency process.
- Recruit and train enough volunteers by 2025 that every foster child who wants one can have a CASA.