1. Who are Court Appointed Special Advocates?

CASA is a private nonprofit organization who calls-to-action concerned community members to volunteer as advocates for abused and neglected children involved within the child welfare system. Our advocates work alongside system professionals to ensure that children end up in safe, supportive and permanent homes, where they can thrive and grow.

2. Why are CASAs needed?

The answer depends on who you ask.

  • Judges value our advocates’ thorough-investigative work which sheds light on a child’s circumstance while in the system. CASAs are oftentimes referred to as being an extra set of eyes and ears for the courts.
  • System Professionals value our advocates’ role on the case because we act as liaisons, bridging service providers together; ensuring everyone is on the same page. CASAs also prove to be an invaluable resource for information about the child and the family.
  • A CASA child sees their advocate as a constant person in their lives who has taken an interest in them. CASAs are cheerleaders in a lot ways, rooting for the well being of the child or children on their case, celebrating successes and overcoming obstacles with them.
3. How much time does it take to be a CASA?

CASAs go through an initial 40 hour training class.

Volunteers average 4 hours of work a week.

4. I work full time. Can I become a CASA?

Yes! Over half of our volunteers are employed. A lot of the work can be done over the phone, through email, in the evenings and on the weekends.

5. I can’t commit to becoming a CASA at this time. Do you have any other options to help?

We are always looking for volunteers to help with CASA events and projects. Send a note to tprettiman@pgh-casa.org directly regarding this option. We also have plenty of information on volunteer opportunities here on the CASA website.

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6. Is CASA a county entity?

No. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Most of our funding comes from foundations and private donations.

7. Do you provide travel vouchers or gas cards to volunteers?

All of our funding goes to child advocacy, however, if we receive a donation or grant for the purpose of off-setting volunteer expenses, we will pass those benefits on to our advocates.

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8. How do I get started?

Attend one of our monthly informational Open Houses. Open Houses are held in CASA’s downtown office. R.S.V.P. is requested but not required. Send a note to tprettiman@pgh-casa.org or more information, or check the CASA Volunteer Training page for upcoming dates.

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