Provides best-interest child advocacy
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.
The legal and child welfare systems can be confusing and scary for abused and neglected children. One constant for them is their CASA volunteer, who makes the time to focus solely on their best interests. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with their assigned case 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 judge. The information in the report is given careful consideration by the judge before he/she makes decisions that will affect a child’s safety and permanence.
Orders for a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) that are signed by judges list CASA’s duties. They are:
- Investigate this case to provide independent factual information to the court.
- Submit to the court a written report of the investigation in compliance with statutory provisions regarding such reports. The written report shall include recommendations as to the child’s welfare.
- Monitor this case to ensure compliance with this court’s orders, including observing the child in his or her placement.
- Assist the guardian ad litem’s representation of the child’s needs and best interests, if a guardian has been appointed in this case.
The Honorable J. David Rigler
12th Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court