15th Judicial Circuit CASA partners with the CASA community to be a voice for abused and neglected children through the power of volunteer advocacy and change in the child protection system.
Private Guardianship Cases-CASA is appointed by the Judge in Probate Court to be the guardian ad litem in private guardianship cases involving minors under 18 years of age.
CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in abuse and neglect cases as well as children who are the subjects of petitions for private guardianship. They are appointed by the Juvenile Court or Probate Judges to be the Guardian ad Litem (GAL). Every volunteer is screened by application, interviewed and then given a background check before participating in a 40-hour training program.
Role of the CASA/GAL in Private Guardianship Cases:
Guardians are granted authority and responsibility to care for a child or children and may:
Parents retain rights to: