What does CASA stand for?

Court Appointed Special Advocate

Who does a CASA advocate for?

A CASA is appointed by a judge to speak up for the child’s interests during a Dependency Proceeding. A Dependency Proceeding is the legal cause the State files when a child is removed from his or her home and placed in the temporary custody of the State in (usually) foster care. CASAs advocate for State-dependent children.

What is the difference between a CASA and a Guardian ad litem (GAL)?

In Pierce County, a CASA is a volunteer; a GAL is a full-time employee of the court.

How much time each month does CASA work take?

This can vary widely. Some cases can take as little as 6 hours a month, and some may take as much as 40 hours a month. And some cases can swing back and forth between “quiet” phases and “active” phases.

How long does a case usually last?

A minimum of two years. We ask CASAs to commit to advocating for the child for the duration of the case.

Who can be a CASA?

CASAs must be over 21 years of age; able to pass a criminal background check and CPS history check; a college degree is not required, but is preferred; CASA applicants are screened and interviewed; CASA applicants must attend a 3-day training that is also part of the screening process; completing all of these steps does not ensure acceptance into the CASA program.