CASA Mission Statement
The mission of the Warren County CASA Program is to recruit, train and supervise community-based volunteers to advocate for children in the juvenile court system.
In 1974, concerned about the staggering numbers of children in foster care, the US Congress passed the "Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act," which provided financial assistance to states for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The legislation included a requirement for that assistance: mandatory appointment of a guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent the abused or neglected child's best interest during the judicial proceeding. An attorney was generally appointed to fill this role.
Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. So successful was this Seattle program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today more than 900 CASA program offices are in operation, with trained women and men serving as CASA volunteers.
CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Warren County CASA
The Warren County CASA program was started in 2007 with the first formal volunteer training in December of 2007. In 2008 the program instituted a permanent director and twice-yearly volunteer training.
Currently, we have over 50 active volunteers and pre-service training classes for new volunteers are held at least two times per year. CASA volunteers are trained on child protection laws, court procedures, local services and agencies, and given an overview of the whole child welfare system. In-service training takes place throughout the year for all volunteers to keep them up to date on new policies and issues.
CASA Volunteer Application
Please complete the application and mail or e-mail it to:
Once we receive your completed application we will contact your personal references with a questionnaire, complete a back ground check, and then call you to set up an interview.