CASA/GAL volunteers areappointed to each case by the Juvenile Court Judge. As a child’s Guardian ad Litem, CASA volunteers are an officer of the courts and a party to the case and have the authority to obtain records and information about the child. CASA/GAL volunteers visit the child and meet with the parents, guardians, teachers, medical professionals, and other individuals in the child’s life. They gather information and compile it in a report that is then presented to the Judge prior to every court hearing. Since CASA/GAL’s are assigned to only one case at a time, they have the ability to spend the most time with the child and gather the information needed in making life changing decisions. There are many possible positive outcomes for a child—reunification, adoption, independent living, or guardianship with relatives for that child to receive a safe and permanent home. 40% of the children we serve are under the age of 5.