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About Us

Mission: The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. Read more about us or download our latest brochure (PDF).

How Do CASA/GAL Volunteers Help Children?

CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for abused or neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many of the children we serve, their CASA/GAL volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Who Are CASA/GAL Volunteers?

In 2017, more than 85,000 CASA/GAL volunteers represented the best interests of more than 260,000 children. CASA/GAL volunteers are everyday people who have undergone screening and training with their local CASA/GAL program.

Who Are the Children CASA/GAL Volunteers Help?

Judges appoint CASA/GAL volunteers to represent the best interests of children who are before the court due to abuse or neglect. There are nearly 700,000 child victims of abuse or neglect each year. Read the stories of young people whose lives were changed by the support of a CASA/GAL volunteer.

How Did the CASA Movement Begin?

In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of volunteers speaking up for the best interests of children who had been neglected or abused, in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 950 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about the history of the CASA movement.

How Many CASA/GAL Programs Are There?

There are nearly 950 CASA/GAL programs in 49 states recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been neglected or abused, in the courtroom and other settings.

How Do I Find a CASA/GAL Program in My Area?

Find a CASA/GAL program near you and inquire about becoming a volunteer.

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The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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