Established in 1980
About The CASA Program
OUR CONNECTION TO THE CASA PROGRAM
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program
- The CASA program, which is under the jurisdiction of the Eighth Judicial District Court, is separate from the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas but works in partnership with the CASA Foundation. The CASA Program consists of paid staff, who are responsible for recruiting, screening, training, and supervising volunteers. The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in a safe, permanent home.
- CASA volunteers are appointed by a Judge to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children. These highly trained, court-appointed volunteers are responsible for making recommendations to the court about the safety, permanence, and well-being of their assigned child(ren).
- CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of their child(ren)’s physical, educational, medical, emotional, and social needs. CASA volunteers research information and talks to everyone involved in the children’s lives. CASA volunteers have contact with social workers, attorneys, parents, teachers, family members, foster parents, health professionals, and, of course, the children themselves.
- CASA volunteers establish a relationship with their child(ren), getting to know his or her unique history while providing consistency and stability during an extremely difficult time in their child(ren)’s lives. CASA volunteers are asked to remain with their child(ren) until permanency is achieved.
Ways that the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas Supports the CASA Program
The CASA Foundation of Las Vegas works in partnership with the Eighth Judicial District Court-CASA Program to support and promote the recruitment, training, retention, and recognition of CASA volunteers in the following ways:
- Help increase community awareness of the mission of the CASA Program.
- Promote and fund marketing & public relations campaigns.
- Sponsor monthly retention events for CASA volunteers.
- Sponsor an annual retreat and recognition ceremony.
- Provide support and funding for volunteers to participate in local and statewide trainings, as well as to attend the annual National CASA/GAL Conference.
- Build collaborative and strategic partnerships in the local community.
- Provide funding for items needed for recruitment, training, retention, and recognition activities.
If you want to become a CASA volunteer, click on Get Involved
The CASA Foundation of Las Vegas exists to support the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program and to identify and fund the individual needs of abused and neglected children in foster care in Clark County.