How Family Law CASA Advocates
Family Law CASA gives children a voice in court by focusing on the needs of the child. To assess the child’s emotional and physical safety, the CASA visits family homes and interviews family members and adults, such as teachers who play a significant role in the child’s life. The CASA may recommend corrective action including changes in custody or supervised visitation to address issues such as substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, or physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
CASA volunteers are also trained to assess social development and school readiness or functioning. They may recommend young children for evaluations for learning disabilities, speech and language issues. For older children, CASAs may check school attendance, academic performance, behavior and social relationships. Services providing opportunities for children to improve their social skills and avoid isolation may be recommended as well.
We also work hard to strengthen parenting skills and family relationships. Identifying and recommending resources for parents can often help enable a safer, more nurturing family environment. To that end, CASAs may recommend assessments or treatment for parents with alcohol or drug addiction, mental health or domestic violence issues. Volunteers may also recommend parent training that is specific to the child’s needs and developmental stage, such as training for children with special needs, ADHD or newborns and adolescents.
If you are interested in volunteering as a CASA, simply complete the Volunteer Application Form.