CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and GAL(guardian ad litem) volunteers are well-trained and speak in court for the best interest of children experiencing abuse and neglect. These children are in court due to no fault of their own.
CASA/GAL volunteers are appointed to a case by the judge. The volunteer's goal is to provide a carefully researched background of the case to help the court make a sound decision about the child's future. Each home placement is as unique as the child involved. The CASA/GAL volunteer researches the child's best interests to be reunified with his or her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, or permanent adoption. The CASA/GAL volunteer makes a recommendation on placement and follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved. CASA/GAL volunteers are often the only stable factor in an often frightening and difficult ordeal for a child.
For more information on becoming a CASA/GAL volunteer, click below on the local program in your area.