Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)CASA is a Court-Appointed Child Advocacy Center that recruits, screens, trains and supervises caseworkers who are appointed by the Courts to advocate for children. These children are involved in the Court system through no fault of their own, but who have been removed from their homes due to substantiated child abuse and/or neglect. These children have had to be placed into the Commonwealth’s custody for their own protection. They have been ripped away from their biological homes and the only people they have known, forced to sometimes switch schools, and separated from their siblings to live in foster homes with people they have never met before. They are thrust into a very overburdened and complicated legal system. Our advocates assist them by monitoring them in their placements, staying informed of their educational, medical and emotional status, monitoring their parents on efforts for reunification, gathering information and attending all court hearing to provide both oral and written testimony on the child’s behalf. This enables the Judge to make the most informed decisions regarding the child and their best interests. The CASA caseworker helps the child navigate their way through the system until they are no longer in need of protection and find permanency.