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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Chautauqua Co., Inc.
CASA Volunteers are trained community members assigned by Family Court Judges to advocate for the needs of our county's most vulnerable children. A CASA volunteer's role is to work collaboratively with each child, parents, family members, foster parents, caseworkers, attorneys, educators, and service providers to ensure their needs are met and timely reunification or permanency is achieved. Advocates assist in linking educational, physical, behavioral, victim assistance services, food, clothing, kinship, and housing resources and provide individual case-by-case advocacy. CASA volunteers attend and give the judges detailed, fact-based court reports that include a snapshot of the child's needs. CASA volunteers are often the most consistent presence in a child's life in foster care and stay on their case until the child is reunited or adopted.