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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - Home
    Descriptive info: .. Contact.. |.. Home.. Services.. Services Overview.. What We Do.. How We Advocate.. How to Work with Us.. How a CASA Gets Appointed.. Your Feedback.. CASA Advocates.. CASA Advocates overview.. What is a CASA?.. Who Benefits from Our Work.. What it Takes to be a CASA Advocate.. Become a CASA Advocate.. New Advocate Training.. Ongoing Advocate Education.. Meet Our Advocates.. Annual Advocate Recognition.. Giving.. Giving Overview.. Ways To Give.. Make a Donation.. Meet Our Funders Sponsors.. Events News.. Events News Overview.. Fundraising Events.. CASA News.. Community Resources.. Overview.. Counseling Services.. Court Forms.. Dental Care Services.. Domestic Violence Classes for Children.. Domestic Violence Victims Services.. Domestic Violence Perpetrator s Treatment.. Drug Alcohol Evaluations.. Drug Alcohol Testing Sites.. Legal Resources.. Parenting Classes.. Summertime Family Activities.. Supervised Visitation Services.. Housing Resources.. About.. About Overview.. Our Story.. Difference Between CASA Programs.. The Children We Serve.. Board Staff.. Reports Publications.. Job Opportunities.. Top.. Annual Breakfast!.. Save-the-date for CASA's Annual Breakfast!.. Tuesday, February 12th.. 7:30AM-9:00AM.. Olive 8 Hotel (Downtown).. Interested in Sponsoring?.. Contact Dustin at 206-748-9700.. New Advocate Training!.. Winter Training Dates:.. January 31-Febuary 1 6-7.. Interested in becoming an advocate?.. Click Here.. ________________.. Job Opportunity!.. Family Law CASA is hiring an.. Executive Director..  ...   or younger.. Their cases often involve allegations of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness.. Our mission is to advocate for children in some of King County's toughest custody cases so they have the best possible chance for a safer, more secure home life.. We do this by utilizing community members who volunteer to become advocates.. These special individuals thoroughly and objectively research the children s family and home lives, then generate written reports to the court.. These reports provide judges and commissioners with crucial information as they try to sort through allegations and decide on a custody arrangement that will be in the best interest of the child.. Family Law CASA began taking cases in the summer of 2003.. The organization is assigned to approximately 150 cases per year, and has served more than 1,000 children since its inception.. To date, we have over 190 trained community advocates.. There are many ways that you can support this important work:.. Become A CASA advocate.. Make a donation.. Attend or sponsor a fundraising event, and/or donate your time.. Working together, we can give children a voice in court.. site map.. privacy.. 206-748-9700 810 Third Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98104..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - Services Overview
    Descriptive info: Our Services.. Giving children a voice in court.. Family Law CASA of King County is a non-profit organization that helps children in high-risk, contentious custody cases live in a safer, more nurturing environment.. No one else in King County provides this level of service to low and moderate income children with trained volunteer court appointed advocates (CASAs).. In custody cases involving allegations of substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health issues, parents are often unable to focus on the needs of their children, and many of these children are so young they cannot speak for themselves.. CASAs can give these children  ...   Law CASA staff and its CASA volunteers are dedicated to providing comprehensive, unbiased information to Family Law Commissioners and Judges, enabling the best possible custody decisions for the child.. Over the past six years, Family Law CASA and its CASA volunteers have advocated at no charge for over 700 children involved in Family Court custody cases.. Half of the children served were under age five.. The typical family has allegations of substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health issues.. All families are low to moderate income.. If you are interested in volunteering as a CASA, simply complete the.. Volunteer Application Form..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - Services Overview
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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - What We Do
    Descriptive info: Putting children s needs first.. When parents in conflict choose sides, and allege problems such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issues and other personal failings, the resulting trauma can impact any child's sense of well-being, value and stability.. A Superior Court Judge or Commissioner responsible for making a custody decision may not have sufficient information about the allegations or the child s well being to make a well-informed or reasoned decision.. When appointed to these cases, Court Appointed  ...   make recommendations to the judge or commissioner that would enable a safer, more nurturing environment.. If a case goes to trial, the CASA may appear in court with the program s legal counsel to elaborate on findings.. Other cases may be resolved in settlement conferences, with the CASA report serving as a useful tool, thus shortening the time that the family is undergoing transition during the legal process.. If you are interested in volunteering as a CASA, simply complete the..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - How We Advocate
    Descriptive info: Focusing on the needs of the child.. Family Law CASA gives children a voice in court by focusing on the needs of the child.. To assess the child s emotional and physical safety, the CASA visits family homes and interviews family members and adults such as teachers who play a significant role in the child s life.. The CASA may recommend corrective action including changes in custody or supervised visitation to address issues such as substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, or physical, sexual or emotional abuse.. CASA volunteers are also trained to assess social development and school readiness or functioning.. They  ...   performance, behavior and social relationships.. Services providing opportunities for children to improve their social skills and avoid isolation may be recommended as well.. We also work hard to strengthen parenting skills and family relationships.. Identifying and recommending resources for parents can often help enable a safer, more nurturing family environment.. To that end, CASAs may recommend assessments or treatment for parents with alcohol or drug addiction, mental health or domestic violence issues.. Volunteers may also recommend parent training that is specific to the child s needs and developmental stage, such as training for children with special needs, ADHD or newborns and adolescents..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - How to Work with Us
    Descriptive info: Accessing the services of a Court Appointed Special Advocate.. Unlike the Juvenile Court system, which mandates by law that children have their own legal representation and provides families with free legal counsel if needed, Family Law cases are not provided with this important advocacy.. Children involved in Family Law cases do not have access to any free advocacy service - unless a Family Law Commissioner or Judge assigns Family Law CASA to the case.. To seek appointment of a CASA volunteer, your case must qualify under the income  ...   a Family Law CASA volunteer using the mandatory forms for appointment of a GAL.. Copies of the Order Appointing CASA are kept in the Family Law courtrooms in both Kent and Seattle.. A limited number of Orders are provided to the court monthly by the program to control the caseload.. See the.. Resources Section.. for a link to the mandatory court forms.. If a CASA is appointed to your case, be sure the CASA office has up to date contact information for you including address and phone numbers..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - How a CASA Gets Appointed
    Descriptive info: When a child needs an advocate in court.. The Family Law CASA Program is available to low and moderate income families.. The Program takes Title 26 cases in which the combined annual gross income of both parents is $70,000 or less.. If the case is a third party custody case under RCW 26.. 10, the gross annual income of the third party custodian(s) must be $70,000 or less.. If combined annual gross income is more than $40,000 but less than $70,000, the Program charges a $300-600 administrative fee.. Family Law CASA does not accept cases where annual gross income exceeds $70,000.. Family Law CASA may be assigned to a case in one  ...   Order Appointing Family Law CASA to access Family Law CASA Program services.. A party in a Family Law case (involving divorce, paternity, non-parental custody or modifications including relocations) can request that an Order Appointing Family Law CASA be signed by filing a motion asking to have Family Law CASA appointed.. Regardless of how Family Law CASA is assigned to the case, Judges and Commissioners make custody decisions for the parties, often utilizing the information provided by the CASA volunteer.. Please see the.. for mandatory court forms, a Motion for a Temporary Order, and links to community legal services for assistance with these forms.. Family Law CASA does not prepare motions for appointment..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - Your Feedback
    Descriptive info: Have a question or comment about Family Law CASA?.. If you are a member of the family law community in King County, your feedback can help us do more to serve as a voice for children in court.. Please tell us about your experience or ask for any additional information you may need by completing the form below.. This form does not yet contain any fields..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - CASA Advocates overview
    Descriptive info: CASA Volunteers.. What it Takes to be a CASA Volunteer.. Become a CASA Volunteer.. New Volunteer Training.. Ongoing Volunteer Education.. Meet Our Volunteers.. Annual Volunteer Recognition.. CASA Advocate.. Working together to give children a voice in court.. Family Law CASA recruits, screens and trains community volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).. Through a rigorous application process, references, background checks and interviews, Family Law CASA staff selects volunteers who best fit CASA criteria.. Staff and local experts provide 21 hours of initial mandatory training and require ten hours of continuing education each year.. Based on a variety of considerations, Family Law CASA program managers assign cases to  ...   volunteer supervisors oversee and support volunteers throughout the investigation, interviewing and assessment process and review volunteer reports.. A staff attorney coordinates hearings, trials and settlement conferences and provides CASAs with legal representation during hearings and trials and at mediation.. A staff administrator helps manage case paperwork, process releases of information, and forwards mail and messages from families to volunteers.. Make a difference in a child s life by making sure their voices are heard and their needs championed during difficult custody cases.. You don t have to be a lawyer or have legal experience to be a CASA you just have to care about the needs of a child..

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  • Title: Family Law CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of King County - What is a CASA?
    Descriptive info: What is a CASA Advocate?.. An advocate for children in court.. A CASA advocate is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who receives training and volunteers their time to investigate and report on the best interests of a child.. In tough custody cases, parents are often unable to focus on the needs of their children, and many of these children are so young they cannot speak for themselves.. CASAs give these children a voice in court by focusing on the needs of the child and striving to strengthen parenting skills and family relationships.. Advocates come from all walks of life and must go through state mandated training prior to being assigned a case.. The Court assigns Family Law CASA a case to investigate and report on the best interests of the child.. In a typical case, an advocate will first meet with an staff supervisor and learn about the case, review relevant papers that have been filed with the court by the parties, and develop a plan on how to proceed.. These cases often involve allegations of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness.. The CASA advocate's  ...   Services.. Reviewing a criminal records check on each adult in the home performed by the program staff.. Reviewing counseling or treatment records of the parents.. Once the investigation is complete, the CASA advocate writes a report describing the following:.. Background of the child and family.. Issues assigned to CASA by the court.. Description of each person s interview.. Description of key records gathered.. Conclusions and recommendations regarding the best interests of the child.. Before being submitted, the report is reviewed by a Family Law CASA supervisor and the staff attorney.. The CASA advocate may need to appear at a court hearing to support the report.. Often additional investigation is needed before the case is resolved or goes to trial.. An advocate may need to write additional reports as issues change within the family.. Finally the advocate may need to appear at a settlement conference where the parties attempt to resolve the case without court action.. If that process is not successful, the Court Appointed Special Advocate will testify at the trial.. If you are interested in volunteering as a CASA advocate, simply complete the.. Application Form..

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