Clark County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program
The Clark County CASA Program is a program of YWCA Clark County. CASA recruits and trains community volunteers, who are advocating for foster children in the county's juvenile dependency court system. As officers of the court, they ensure that a child's needs are recognized and best interests are considered both in the courtroom and in the communtiy.
CASA advocates meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child's life such as social workers, attorneys, teachers, and family members. They attend court hearings and report their findings to the judge.
Many more advocates are needed. There are no prerequisites for becoming a CASA other than being at least 21 years of age, clearing an extensive background screening and successfully completing 31.5 hours of training. Training is held multiple times throughout the year.