In child dependency cases at Family Court, the judge relies on the parties to bring to the Court information and recommendations for solutions. Without this, the judge is unable to utilize the wisdom and experience of the Court to decide what is right and what is needed. Information is at a premium in these cases. The issues are rarely simple. The solutions are rarely obvious. CASA volunteers bring a unique perspective to the complex scenario of the typical case at Family Court. With allegiances only to the Court and to the child's best interests, CASA's perspective can provide the judge with an objectivity and insight that the other parties might not be able to provide.
CASA volunteers should stand on their own in presenting this unique perspective to the Court. However, no party in a Family Court dependency case acts in a vacuum. All parties must interact and, to a large extent, cooperate with one another if the child's best interests are truly going to be served. CASA volunteers are trained to interact professionally, confidently and effectively with the child, the parents, the extended family, the DHR social worker and foster parents, and the guardian ad litem. It is not a competition. Instead, it is a partnership. Each of these parties might have a different agenda and varied methods of operating, but, ideally, all have the same goal... the best interests of the child.