How does a CASA volunteer differ from a caseworker?

Caseworkers are employed by the County. They may be responsible for multiple cases at one time and are frequently unable to conduct a comprehensive investigation of each. The CASA volunteer is assigned to only one child or sibling group at a time. The CASA volunteer does not replace a caseworker on a case; he or she is an independent appointee of the court. The CASA volunteer can examine a child’s case thoroughly, has knowledge of community resources, and can make recommendations to the Court, independent of state agency restrictions.

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1. What is a CASA volunteer?
2. What training does a CASA volunteer receive?
3. What responsibilities does a volunteer have as a CASA?
4. How does a CASA volunteer gather information on a case?
5. How does a CASA volunteer differ from a caseworker?
6. How does a CASA volunteer differ from an attorney?
7. Is there a "typical" CASA volunteer?
8. How does the CASA volunteer relate to the child?
9. Do lawyers, judges and social workers support CASA?
10. How effective have CASA programs been?
11. How much time does it require?
12. How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved with a case?
13. What children are assigned CASA volunteers?