Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) give invaluable assistance to both the court system and their individual case children. As sworn Officers of the Court, CASAs are empowered to research a child’s situation so they can provide the court with thorough and balanced recommendations of what is best for the child, through written reports and court appearances. VFC Advocacy Supervisors each oversee approximately 45 CASAs and guide them through the Court’s complexities, developing a case plan for each child, assisting with advocacy and case management, and helping find resources and services for the children. Many CASAs serve as "educational surrogates" and assist their case children with a variety of educational issues. VFC monitors the CASAs in myriad ways, including editing their court reports (vital legal documents for judges), accompanying CASAs to court and case conferences, and serving as backup in case of a child emergency. This is the heart of Voices for Children services - in FY 2012-13, 1,150 CASAs will support the needs of 1,700 foster children, and all 5,500+ foster case files in the system will be read, monitored, and triaged.