WHAT is a CASA VOLUNTEER?
Each CASA program or agency professionally trains and carefully screens volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile court. These volunteers represent the best interests of the victimized child with the goal of securing a safe, permanent home. Tennessee state law allows for judges to appoint CASA volunteers to “speak up” for the child’s best interests. CASA volunteers do not work for the child’s family, the state, or other interested parties. They work for the child. Most CASA volunteers represent only one child, or family of children at a time.
CASA is a local, nonprofit organization in communities all across the nation. Since CASA’s national inception, CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes.
Lakeway CASA’s MISSION STATEMENT
“The mission of Lakeway CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children of Hamblen, Jefferson, and Sevier Counties through trained volunteers who advocate for a safe, permanent, loving home. The goal of our intervention is to represent the best interest of the child and shorten his or her stay in foster care.”