The CASA volunteer advocate serves as “guardian ad litem” under NRS 432b.500. The CASA volunteer does not provide direct service. Their job is to listen to everyone involved in the case and to advocate to the Court in what is in the best interest of the child. The CASA volunteer talks to teachers, doctors, social workers and foster parents to see how the child is doing and advocates for educational and health services to be ordered by the court.
The CASA volunteer reports to the Court about how the parent is doing on their case plan and helps keep an eye on the child’s safety and health. The CASA volunteer makes recommendations to the court as to whether they believe the child should be returned to the parent, be adopted, have a guardian appointed or age out of the child welfare system at age 18. Our goal is a safe permanent home for the child.