What is a Volunteer Advocate?
A Volunteer Advocate is a term provided to either a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) or Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or other child mentor appointed by the court in child abuse and/or neglect cases to represent the best interests of the child.
Volunteer Advocates come from all walks of life and possess a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. An Advocate’s role is to provide the judge with carefully researched details about the child to help the court make sound decisions regarding the child’s future.
Volunteer Advocates are well screened and trained to perform their assignments. For more information or to locate the nearest volunteer advocate office, visit National CASA.