Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained community members who volunteer to advocate for children of all ages who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge and become a legal party to the children’s case as they go through the Dependency process at the Pima County Juvenile Court Center.
CASA Volunteers are “the eyes and ears of the court” and “offer the wisdom of the community” as they advocate for what is in the best interest of the child.
Volunteer Advocate Qualifications:
- U.S. Citizen or legal resident.
- Not employed by DES, the juvenile court, or child welfare agencies, unless specifically authorized by the juvenile court judge.
- At least 21 years of age.
CASA of Pima County is a part of the larger organization of CASA programs - CASA of Arizona and National CASA. There are approximately 951 CASA / GAL programs nationally and 15 county programs within Arizona.
Learn more about the role of a CASA by watching this video:
Read some of the Frequently Asked Questions: CASA FAQ Flyer
For more information about becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate
Call the CASA of Pima County Office (520)724-2060
Or click here for additional information - CASA Program
Krissa Ericson, MSW
CASA Program Supervisor