What is a CASA volunteer?

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of an abused or neglected child in court. CASA volunteers are able to focus on the child and their needs while they are in the system. (I.C. 31-34-10-3)

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1. What is a CASA volunteer?
2. What is the CASA volunteer's role?
3. How does a CASA volunteer investigate a case?
4. How does a CASA volunteer differ from a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager?
5. How does the role of a CASA volunteer differ from an attorney?
6. Is there a "typical" CASA volunteer?
7. Do lawyers and judges support CASA?
8. Does the federal government support CASA?
9. How effective have CASA programs been?
10. How much time does it require?
11. How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved with a case?
12. Are there other agencies or groups that provide the same service?
13. What children are assigned CASA volunteers?
14. What is the role of the National CASA Association?
15. How is CASA funded?
16. Does National CASA have a website?
17. How do I contact the local CASA Office?