Our Programs: CASA of SW CT

CASA of SW Connecticut recruits, trains and supervises court appointed volunteers - CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and GALs (Guardian ad Litem) - who work to ensure that each abused or neglected child has a safe, loving and permanent home.

Trained CASA volunteers are supervised by a CAC Program Director to perform an independent investigation of the facts, collaborate with the service providers involved in the child’s case and assist both in and out of court to ensure that a child’s needs are met until the child is placed in a safe and permanent home.  Most importantly, the volunteers establish a trusting and stable relationship with a traumatized child.

What's the difference between a CASA Volunteer and a GAL Volunteer?

  • CASA = court-appointed special advocate 

  • GAL = guardian ad litem 

  • Both advocate for the best interests of children in court as a result of abuse or neglect 

  • The CASA vs GAL appointment is determined by Connecticut law 

  • A CASA can remain on a case working with a youth until age 23, but a GAL appointment terminates when a youth turns 18

Who are our volunteers and how are they prepared?

  • CASA/GAL volunteers are regular people, from all walks of life, who have been rigorously screened and trained extensively by their local program.  

  • Each volunteer receives more than 30 hours of training before they work with a child, with an additional 12 hours of continued education required annually.  

  • Volunteers receive ongoing support from CAC staff to help them advocate effectively on a child’s behalf. 

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