Sponsored by YWCA Clark County and Clark County CASA Imagine that you are a six-year-old child. The state has taken you away from your family because it was deemed an unsafe environment. You may be living with relatives now, or in foster care. Amidst this upheaval, you find yourself in a strange home, perhaps a new school, possibly separated from siblings, and fearful about what comes next.
CASAs, (Court Appointed Special Advocates), are there to speak up for you and provide a consistent adult who is advocating only for you.
The court appoints someone from CASA, a local nonprofit, to represent a child’s interests in the role of Guardian ad Litem, as required by Washington state law. Experts define a Guardian ad Litem as an objective, impartial person the court appoints to act as a representative for minor children in a custody proceeding.
Founded in 1977, CASA provides highly trained volunteers to serve as advocates for children who are in state care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. CASA volunteers make recommendations to the court based on the needs and best interests of the child.
Our volunteers are a child’s consistent adult
Can a volunteer truly represent a child’s
interests in the often bewildering justice