Educational CASAs work with youth who have become disconnected from school. These youth have missed so much school that their home district has filed a truancy petition naming them and their parents, bringing them under the jurisdiction of the court. An Educational CASA will engage in educational advocacy, helping to make sure that the student is in the right school setting and is receiving the services they need to be successful at school.
Like a traditional CASA, an Educational CASA is looking out for what is in the best interests of the youth, however, Educational CASAs are focused on improving educational outcomes and school attendance. The CASA can empower a young person to feel that their voices is heard when the court of the school district makes decisions about their future. Educational CASAs have found that a wide range of issues contribute to poor attendance, including mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, financial need, and educational disabilities. The CASA’s role on a truancy case is to get to know the youth and family well enough to identify factors that are impacting school attendance and enable the family to connect to support.
To apply to become an Educational CASA, click here