Why

CASA/GAL

Why CASA when there are Attorney, Children Services, and other Agencies?

CASA/GAL stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem. CASA/GAL volunteers are specially trained volunteers who become the crucial voice of a child in abuse and neglect cases as an officer of the court.

How are CASAs and GALs similar?

Both CASA volunteers and GALs are appointed by the court to recommend solutions that are in the best interest of the child. They are both tasked with investigating the case and reporting back to the court.

 

How do CASAs and GALs differ?

How does a CASA/GAL volunteer differ from a social service caseworker?

How do the legal system and child welfare system view CASA?

CASA has been endorsed by the American Bar Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice.  CASA is described as “the eyes and ears of the court,” and frequently acts as “the arms and legs” of an overworked child protective system.

Shelby County Juvenile Court refers all abuse and neglect cases to the CASA office.  Shelby County CASA is also a member in good standing with Ohio CASA and National CASA Associations.

IMPACT NUMBERS 2023:

154 Abused & Neglected Children Advocated For

Ages 0-5

Ages 6-11

Ages 12-15

Ages 16-18