© 2016 Oklahoma CASA Association

Oklahoma CASA Association

PO Box 54946

Oklahoma City, OK  73154

800-742-2272

WHAT IS CASA? CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA volunteer is a trained volunteer sworn in by a judge to represent the best interests of children who are abused/neglected and are active cases in the juvenile court system. The CASA volunteer investigates the child’s circumstances, provides fact-based information and makes recommendations to the court while becoming a source of support for the child. The CASA will serve as the eyes and ears of the court by providing information the judge needs in order to make a decision that is in the child’s best interest. History of CASA CASA is a unique concept for the juvenile court system. When the first program began in Seattle, Washington in 1977, it was an experiment to involve community volunteers in sensitive and confidential matters of families. The volunteers, speaking as the guardian’s for the children in court, brought significant information about the children to whom they were appointed that was free from biases, policies and procedures. The volunteers proved to be an effective way to help prevent inappropriate and unduly long foster care placements, and to provide the court with a perspective based solely on the child’s best interest. As a result, courts in other states began adopting the idea and the CASA concept has become one of the fastest growing child advocacy movements the country. The Oklahoma CASA Association, Inc. is a voluntary member organization that provides technical assistance, training, and networking opportunities to the local CASA programs throughout the state. In addition to formal training opportunities, the Oklahoma CASA Association provides both technical assistance and one-on-one support to community groups to start or expand their local CASA program.
WHAT IS CASA? CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA volunteer is a trained volunteer sworn in by a judge to represent the best interests of children who are abused/neglected and are active cases in the juvenile court system. The CASA volunteer investigates the child’s circumstances, provides fact-based information and makes recommendations to the court while becoming a source of support for the child. The CASA will serve as the eyes and ears of the court by providing information the judge needs in order to make a decision that is in the child’s best interest. History of CASA CASA is a unique concept for the juvenile court system. When the first program began in Seattle, Washington in 1977, it was an experiment to involve community volunteers in sensitive and confidential matters of families. The volunteers, speaking as the guardian’s for the children in court, brought significant information about the children to whom they were appointed that was free from biases, policies and procedures. The volunteers proved to be an effective way to help prevent inappropriate and unduly long foster care placements, and to provide the court with a perspective based solely on the child’s best interest. As a result, courts in other states began adopting the idea and the CASA concept has become one of the fastest growing child advocacy movements the country. The Oklahoma CASA Association, Inc. is a voluntary member organization that provides technical assistance, training, and networking opportunities to the local CASA programs throughout the state. In addition to formal training opportunities, the Oklahoma CASA Association provides both technical assistance and one-on-one support to community groups to start or expand their local CASA program.
WHAT IS CASA? CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA volunteer is a trained volunteer sworn in by a judge to represent the best interests of children who are abused/neglected and are active cases in the juvenile court system. The CASA volunteer investigates the child’s circumstances, provides fact-based information and makes recommendations to the court while becoming a source of support for the child. The CASA will serve as the eyes and ears of the court by providing information the judge needs in order to make a decision that is in the child’s best interest. History of CASA CASA is a unique concept for the juvenile court system. When the first program began in Seattle, Washington in 1977, it was an experiment to involve community volunteers in sensitive and confidential matters of families. The volunteers, speaking as the guardian’s for the children in court, brought significant information about the children to whom they were appointed that was free from biases, policies and procedures. The volunteers proved to be an effective way to help prevent inappropriate and unduly long foster care placements, and to provide the court with a perspective based solely on the child’s best interest. As a result, courts in other states began adopting the idea and the CASA concept has become one of the fastest growing child advocacy movements the country. The Oklahoma CASA Association, Inc. is a voluntary member organization that provides technical assistance, training, and networking opportunities to the local CASA programs throughout the state. In addition to formal training opportunities, the Oklahoma CASA Association provides both technical assistance and one-on-one support to community groups to start or expand their local CASA program.