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CASA OR COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES
The volunteer advocates who advise and assist the court in some foster care cases in order to expedite services and ensure that court orders are followed.

COI OR COURT ORDERED INVESTIGATION
A term used interchangeably with I and R , or Investigation and Report, to describe a court ordered evaluation of the safety of a particular home or family. A COI is conducted by an ACS worker or a probation officer.

CONTRACT AGENCY
An agency that has a contract with ACS (the Administration for Children s Services) to provide foster care services to children and young adults in New York City. The term contract agency is used interchangeably with foster care agency, provider agency, or sometimes simply the agency.

COURT CALENDAR
The list of cases that will be heard in a specific courtroom on a specific day.

COURT OFFICERS
The uniformed court staff who maintain order and safety in the courtroom and in the courthouse.

COURT PART
The designation used to identify a courtroom. A courtroom is often simply referred to as a Part and identified by a number or letter. For example, in New York County Family Court, Part A is the name of the intake courtroom.