The Boone County Guardian Ad Litem (now GAL/CASA) Program was founded in 1986. The program is based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and permanent home and that responsible adults must work within the court system to speak for children who might otherwise go unheard. It is a program under the Boone County Circuit Court (which is our county's Juvenile Court) but also serves both Boone County Superior Court I and Boone County Superior Court II in divorce/custody/paternity cases. Our local volunteers work in the Juvenile Court with families involved with the Department of Child Services, Boone County Office, when allegations of neglect or abuse of a child have been filed.
The Juvenile Court appoints the Guardian Ad Litem/CASA Program in all causes before it and the other courts will appoint the program as they deem necessary or at request of counsel. A CASA volunteer is then individually appointed to advocate for the child or children.