What is the role of the GAL/CASA volunteer?

Published 03/17/2015 02:12 PM   |    Updated 12/06/2016 10:38 PM

What is the role of the GAL/CASA volunteer?

A GAL/CASA volunteer provides the judge with objective information about the child to help the court make the best decision possible about the child's future safety, permanency, and well-being. The GAL/CASA volunteer makes recommendations to the court about the child regarding placement, visitation, and services.

The statutory role of a GAL/CASA volunteer is to represent and protect the best interests of a child. The volunteer may research, examine, advocate, facilitate, and monitor a child's situation. The judge's order of appointment may also provide instruction on the role of the GAL/CASA volunteer in that particular case.

GAL/CASA programs supervise volunteers and ensure they understand and maintain their role in the case. GAL/CASA volunteers are parties to abuse and neglect proceedings under Indiana law.

For more information on becoming a GAL or CASA volunteer, visit www.casa.in.gov.
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