Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are volunteers with a minimum of 30 hours training and supervised by Juvenile Court staff.
Staff advocates are called GALs (Guardians ad litem). Duties of the CASA and GAL are the same and are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
The priority is to assign children a CASA if one is available. Approximately half of the children in dependency court have a CASA, and the other half have a staff GAL.