Many times, children suffer from the problems that adults in their lives have. They may be victims of abuse or neglect. They may become collateral damage in domestic warfare between parents.
When these situations land in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, in Virginia, a group of volunteers get involved. Called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), these volunteers, who have been trained and sworn an oath before a judge, gather information and make a report to the judge. Their job is to be advocates for the children’s best interest.