(CASA) Court Appointed Special Advocates are everyday heroes who choose to provide the consistency and stability that abused or neglected children need as they navigate the court system. In Winnebago County, the CASA is appointed as guardian ad litem (GAL) for the child they represent.
With training, resources, and support from Winnebago County CASA, each advocate has three main objectives:
- Serve as fact finder for the judge. By handling only one or two cases, the volunteer has time to thoroughly explore the history of each case.
- Speak for the child in the courtroom, advocating for the child’s best interests.
- Act as a “watchdog” for the child during the life of the case, ensuring that the case is brought to a swift and appropriate conclusion.
The ultimate goal is to find a safe, permanent home for every child.
Our 120 volunteer CASAs help over 300 children every year, and you can join us.