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Grays Harbor Court Appointed Special Advocates
….exists to recruit, train, support and encourage court appointed
volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected
children in court and other settings. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:
Gather information
: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and
professionals in their lives.
Document findings:
 Provide written reports at court hearings.
Appear in court:
 Advocate for the child's best interests and provide testimony when necessary.
Explain what is going on:
 Help the child
understand the court proceedings.
"Be the glue":
 Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children's
lives. As one volunteer said:
Be the glue that connects the pieces in a complicated child welfare system.
Recommend services:
 Ensure that the children and their family are receiving appropriate services and
advocate for those that are not immediately available. Bring concerns about the child's health, education,
mental health, etc. to the appropriate professionals.
Monitor case plans and court orders:
 Check to see that plans are being followed and mandated review
hearings are being held.
Keep the court informed:
 Update the court on developments with agencies and family members.
Ensure that appropriate motions are filed on behalf of the child so the court knows about any changes in
the child's situation
Grays Harbor CASA
Shops on the River
11017 S Boone St #312
Aberdeen, WA 98520