CASA Staff Attorneys provide legal support for Guardians ad Litem. Staff Attorneys file motions and court reports, offer advocacy advice, appear alongside GALs during court hearings. They help volunteers translate their observations and recommendations into a legal framework that can be used in court. Learn more in this video from CASA Staff Attorney Suzanne Barker.
The CASA/GAL is to perform actions or functions to protect the best interest of the child including:
You carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and the needs of the child.
You identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship between all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child's needs can be met.
You speak up for the child by making recommendations regarding the child's best interest in a written court report.
You keep track of whether the orders of the court and the plans of the child protective services agency are carried out, and you report to the court or collaborate with the child protective services agency when any of the parties do not follow those orders and plans.
Commitment to be a CASA/GAL
Many prospective volunteers ask about the time commitment to be a CASA/GAL. People from all walks of life are able to fit CASA into their schedules, including full-time 9-5 professionals and full-time stay-at-home parents!
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A CASA Volunteer: