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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Who We Are

Advocates make a two year commitment to spend time a minimum of every other week with a child who is a dependent or a non minor dependent of the court as a result of having been physically, sexually or emotionally abused, neglected, or abandoned. The advocate also interviews all parties involved with the case to develop independent opinions and provide information and recommendations to the court which address the best interests of the child. Advocates also provide a stable, consistent adult presence in the child’s life and advocate for the needs of the child.

Advocates are required to do the following:

  • Complete 30 hours of initial training
  • Complete 12 hours of annual in-service training
  • Submit written reports to the court at each court hearing (usually twice a year)
  • Contact all parties involved on the case on a regular/as needed basis
  • Submit monthly logs
  • Have monthly contact with the Case Supervisor

What We Do

Our mission is to provide quality advocacy for children through a unique one-on-one relationship between a trained and supervised court-appointed volunteer and an abused, abandoned or neglected child.

We believe that the protection of our children is a fundamental obligation of our society and therefore our advocates and staff will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to live in a healthy environment where he/she can learn and grow.

At our chapter, this mission is focused solely and completely on the children of Orange County, California.