How does a CASA volunteer differ from a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager?

Case managers are employed by state governments and work with the entire family involved with the case. They sometimes work on 20+ cases at a time and are frequently unable to conduct a comprehensive ongoing investigation of each case. The CASA volunteer has a smaller caseload (an average of 1-2 cases at a time). The CASA volunteer does not replace the DCS case manager - he or she is an independent appointee of the court.


The CASA volunteer can thoroughly examine a child's case, has knowledge of community resources, and can make a recommendation to the court independent of state agency restrictions. Please call 765-423-9109 for more information.

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1. What is a CASA volunteer?
2. What are the CASA's responsibilities?
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?