How is a CASA different than a caseworker?

A CASA volunteer is an independent voice, advocating on behalf of one child or sibling group. Generally, a caseworker is employed by The Department of Child and Family Services or other local agencies such as The Baby Fold or The Center for Youth and Family Solutions. Caseworkers generally have dozens of cases they manage at one time, making a comprehensive investigation of each case a challenge at times. The CASA volunteer, however, is appointed specifically to one case and can devote more time advocating for a child or sibling group. The CASA volunteer does not replace a caseworker; they are an independent appointee of the court. The CASA volunteer thoroughly examines a child’s case, provides medical, educational, personal, and legal advocacy, explores various community resources for the child and family and makes recommendations to the court.

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1. How long is a CASA volunteer assigned to a case?
2. How much time does a CASA volunteer spend advocating per month?
3. How many cases does a CASA manage?
4. Can I be a foster parent and a CASA?
5. Do CASA volunteers maintain relationships with the children they serve after the case closes?
6. What types of support does a CASA volunteer receive once they are appointed to a case?
7. What impacts does a CASA volunteer make?
8. How is a CASA different than a caseworker?
9. What is the difference between the Children's Advocacy Center, CASA and The Child Protection Network?