A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is appointed by a judge to speak for the best interest of children brought into the judicial system as victims of abuse or neglect.  Volunteers are trained in the areas of courtroom procedures, effective advocacy techniques, drug and alcohol issues, and ways to spot abuse.  CASA volunteers spend time with children and their families and are in contact with Department of Children and Families (DCF) personnel, school staff, medical and mental health agencies, foster families or others who might have information relating to their cases.  Before a child is scheduled to appear in court, the CASA volunteer writes a report to the judge and makes recommendations about what the CASA volunteer feels would be in the best interest of the child.