CASA of the Eastern Sierra


What is CASA?

Eastern Sierra CASA program and Wild Iris are working together to create a healthier community for children and young adults. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. A CASA volunteer is an ordinary person performing extraordinary duties. Each Court Appointed Special Advocate is a person—just like you—who chooses to help a child navigate the difficulties of the Juvenile Court system.

As a sworn officer of the Court, with the relevant rights and responsibilities that pertain to that role, each CASA volunteer is appointed by the Juvenile Court to investigate and report back to the Court about the needs of an individual child.

CASAs spend time with the child, talk with them about the case and talk to everyone involved. Then, they report the facts to the Judge and tell the Court their opinion about what they feel is best for the child. Simply put CASA volunteers get to know the child and their circumstances and then speaks on the behalf to ensure that the child gets what he or she needs.

What does a CASA volunteer do?

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings.
The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:

  • Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
  • Document findings: Provide written reports at court hearings.
  • Appear in court: Advocate for the child’s best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
  • Explain what is going on: Help the child understand the court proceedings.
  • “Be the glue.” As one volunteer said, “Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.” Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives.
  • Recommend services: Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
  • Monitor case plans and court orders: Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review hearings are being held.
  • Keep the court informed: Update the court on developments with agencies and family members. Ensure that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in the child’s situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Application Form

For more information, please contact Ginnie Bird at *protected email*.