Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Oklahoma County provides trained volunteers to be champions for the individualized best interests of children in foster care.
CASA provides a trained caring adult to advocate for the best interest of children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers get to know the children and communicate with all parties in the case and people in the child’s life in order to provide complete information and sound recommendations to the court. As “the eyes and ears” of the judge, the CASA volunteer offers a neutral, third-party opinion to the court, one that is unbiased and child-focused.
Who We Serve
Annually, there are over 9,000 Oklahoma children in foster care. Our program serves the most difficult of the abuse and neglect cases in Oklahoma County. Although these cases are under the jurisdiction of our county, the children may be placed in foster homes all across the state.
While volunteering in OKC metro areas, CASA volunteers are the one nonpaid adult who remains with the child throughout their child welfare case and consistently knows more about the child than any other professional involved in the child’s life. CASA volunteers provide a consistent adult presence during what can be a traumatic time, fulfilling a legal capacity with citizen advocacy and reducing costs due to increased outcomes. National CASA data shows that older children with a CASA volunteer are more likely to be adopted instead of staying in foster care through the age of 18. Children with CASA volunteers are also half as likely to re-enter foster care. On average, children who are assigned CASA volunteers spend eight months fewer in foster care and receive more services than those without an advocate.