CASA promotes the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in the juvenile courts. Staff members work with state and local CASA and volunteer guardian ad litem programs to support quality volunteer advocacy to help assure each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home. Piraino has served as CEO since 1994. While practicing law, he represented children as a guardian ad litem and served as a consultant to international social service and child advocacy organizations in Europe and Southeast Asia. Earlier, he worked as a juvenile probation officer and was an associate research scientist for Columbia University's National Center for Children in Poverty.