Roles and Responsibilities
CASA OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE DUTIES
Pursuant to Sections 9.1-153 of the Code of Virginia, the CASA shall:
- Investigate the case to provide independent factual information to the court.
- Submit to the court a written report of the investigation in compliance with statutory provisions regarding such reports. The written report shall include recommendations as to the child's welfare.
- Monitor the case to ensure compliance with court orders, including observing the child in his or her placement.
- Assist the Guardian ad litem in representation of the child's needs and best interest.
- Act as a mandated reporter of child abuse or neglect pursuant to Virginia Code 63.2-1509.
Pursuant to Virginia Code 9.1-156, a CASA shall not disclose the content of any document or record to which the CASA may become privy, which is otherwise confidential pursuant to provisions of the Code of Virginia, except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
CASA Volunteers' Role and Responsibility Standards
pursuant to Code of Virginia Title 9.1 Section 9.1-153.
- Obtain first hand a clear understanding of the needs and situation of the child by reviewing all relevant documents and records and interviewing the child, parent, social workers, teachers and other persons to determine the facts and circumstances of the child's situation.
- Identify and advocate for the best interest of the child.
- Provide at every appropriate hearing, reports which include findings and recommendations.
- Have regular and sufficient in-person contact with the child to ensure in-depth knowledge of the case and make fact-based recommendations to the court. The CASA volunteer shall meet in-person with the child once every thirty (30) days at a minimum. An exception may be granted at the discretion of program staff; however, the justification and reasons for a decision to permit less frequent contact must be documented as to the justification for and reasonableness of the exception.
- Make recommendations for specific appropriate services for the child and when appropriate, the child's family.
- Determine if a permanent plan has been created for the child.
- Monitor implementation of service plans and court orders assuring that court-ordered services are implemented in a timely manner and that review hearings are held in accordance with the law.
- Inform the court promptly of important developments in the case through appropriate means as determined by court rules or statue.
- Appear at hearings to advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
- Continue association with each case to which assigned until relieved of duty by the court or CASA Staff.
- Participate in all scheduled case conferences with supervisory staff and submit monthly, a Volunteer Activities Form for each case, to your Advocate Manager.
- Participate in In-service training. (12 hours per year)
- Maintain complete records about the case, including appointments, interviews and information gathered about the child and the child's life circumstances.
- Return case files to the program after the case is closed.
- Seek cooperative solutions by acting as a facilitator among parties.
- Advocate for the child's best interests in the community by interfacing with mental health, educational and other community systems to assure that the child's needs in these areas are met.