How CASA Works

“CASA” means Court Appointed Special Advocate. All CASAs work on a volunteer basis. They are members of the community who have been trained to advocate in court for the best interest of an abused or neglected child.

CASA volunteers are assigned to a child for the duration of a case, some of which can last years. Statistics tell us that most children in foster care stay in the system for nearly two years, during which they may change residences as many as three times.

CASA volunteers are there throughout. Because each move means new foster parents, new teachers, a new principal, a new guidance counselor, CASA volunteers frequently become the only consistent adult presence in the child’s life.

The Mahoning County CASA Program is a 501(c)(3) foundation that provides CASA programs and their volunteers with training, funding, leadership, quality assurance, and management assistance.

Mahoning County CASA has been working since 1988 to guarantee a volunteer advocate for every child victimized by abuse and neglect in Mahoning County. Today, 42 CASA programs serve children in 51 Ohio counties.