How is a GAL/CASA volunteer different from a DCS case manager?
GAL/CASA volunteers do not get paid. They do not work for DCS or for the State.
GAL/CASA volunteers are independent, objective members of the community who are appointed by the court, and whose role is to speak for an abused or neglected child who would otherwise not be heard; the GAL/CASA volunteer gets to know the child, provides the court with specific information about how the child is doing and makes recommendations to the court about what needs to happen in the case to protect the child's best interests. GAL/CASA volunteers advocate only for the child, not for the biological parents, foster parents, or for DCS; their role is solely to protect and promote the well-being, permanency, and best interests of the abused and neglected children in the child welfare system.For more information on becoming a GAL or CASA volunteer, visit www.casa.in.gov.