More about CASA: Speaking Up for a Child’s Best Interests

CASA professionally trains and carefully screens volunteers to become advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children and to ensure that children do not get lost in an overburdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. The goal of every CASA volunteer is to find a safe, permanent home for victimized children.

In Tennessee, state law allows judges to appoint CASA volunteers to “speak up” for a child’s best interests. There are currently 29 CASA agencies in the state serving 45 counties. The CASA program began in 1977 when a Seattle juvenile court judge conceived the idea of citizen volunteers representing the interests of abused and neglected children.

From that first program, CASA has grown a network of more than 946 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states.