Lift Up A Child’s Voice….A Child’s Life
Children who have a CASA…
- Spend less time in foster care
- Are moved less frequently
- Are more likely to be placed with brothers and sisters
- Receive more services
- Have one consistent person advocating for them
What the experts say about CASA:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services gives CASA programs working on behalf of children their highest recommendation.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recognizes CASA as a safety net for abused children and an effective partner in delinquency prevention.
- Council of Family Court Judges acknowledges the work of CASA in ensuring safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children.
- National Bar Association endorses the appointment of CASA to represent the best interests of abused/neglected children, and recognizes that CASA volunteers prevent thousands of children from becoming stranded in the courts and foster care.
In 2006, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice found:
- Children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care (more than 3 years in care).
- When a CASA volunteer was involved, both children and their parents were ordered by the courts to receive more services indicating that “CASA is effective in identifying the needs of children and parents.”
- Cases involving a CASA volunteer are more likely to be permanently closed than cases where a CASA volunteer is not involved.
- Children with a CASA volunteer are more likely to be adopted.