Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
A Community-Based Program Supporting Children
Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did,
but because they can't-or won't-take care of you. Now, into these children's lives
come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges,
lawyers, and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA volunteer.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is part of a community-based program that
recruits, trains and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests
of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Through Clark College's
PRLE 295 CASA Special Project, students can become a CASA and earn up to 15 college
Goals of a CASA/GAL Volunteer
A CASA/GAL volunteer needs specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills to advocate effectively
for a child. Children who have been abused or neglected are often without a voice
in the court system unless they have a CASA/GAL volunteer to advocate for their best
Read about our student volunteer's special advocate experience.
Embrace your Community!
Clark College paralegal students will learn that each person in a community has an
integral role to play in delivering excellent service to members in that community.
Help children have a voice!
PRLE 295 CASA Special Project, as a service-learning component within Clark College,
directly links the student to the community need in child advocacy and protection,
organized and coordinated with the Clark County YWCA's CASA Program. Students are
enabled to reap substantial social and service rewards and permit numerous community
children to have an independent voice.