The mission of Chesterfield CASA is to promote safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children by providing trained volunteers to advocate for them throughout their involvement in the juvenile court process.
As abused and neglected children navigate the legal and child welfare systems, their CASA volunteer is available to focus solely on their best interests. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with each child and assist the Court in making sure each child has a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. The hallmark of CASA's work is a written report provided to the juvenile court. The information in these reports is given careful consideration by the judge before he/she makes decisions which will effect the child's safety and future development.
As stated in the Code of Virginia, CASA volunteers have the following duties:
- Investigate the case to provide independent, factual information to the court.
- Submit to the court a written report of the investigation, including recommendation's as to the child's welfare.
- Monitor the case to ensure compliance with the court's orders, including observing the child in his/her placement.
- Assist the guardian ad litem's representation of the child's needs and best interests.