CASA Volunteers. When a petition has been filed alleging a child has been abused or neglected, the Juvenile Court appoints an individual to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
The role of the CASA is to represent the best interest of the child by making independent observations of the child’s situation and submitting a written report to the Court.
CASA’s initially spend 15 - 25 hours over a five week period preparing each case for the first hearing. After that, they must appear at court hearings, monitor the court order to insure that it is being followed and continues to work in the best interest of the child. CASA’s are asked to commit themselves to the child for whom they are advocating while the case is in Juvenile Court, usually an 18-month period.
Other Volunteer Opportunities include:
The process for ex parte has changed in both counties on a permanent basis. Click HERE for a description of the process.
Further, the Court requires that litigants submitting orders ex parte must attest to whether or not a notice of disqualification has been filed. Click HERE to view Judicial Resolution 17-002 and related form.
Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
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