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Mission Statement

Our Mission is to moblize trained volunteers to advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children appointed by the courts.

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A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:

  • More likely to be adopted 
  • Half as likely to reenter foster care 
  • Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care 
  • More likely to have a plan for permanency, especially children of color

Children with CASA volunteers get more help while in the system...

  • More services are ordered for the children 

... and are more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence.

  • Volunteers spend significantly more time with the child than a paid guardian ad litem. 

Children with CASA volunteers spend less time in foster care... 

  • "It is quite remarkable that children without CASA involvement are spending an average of
    over eight months longer in care, compared to children having CASA involvement." 

... and are less likely to be bounced from home to home.

  • CASA volunteers improve representation of children 
  • Reduce the time needed by lawyers 
  • More likely than paid lawyers to file written reports 
  • For each of nine duties, judges rated CASA/GAL volunteers more highly than attorneys 
  • Highly effective in having their recommendations adopted by the court 

Children with CASA volunteers do better in school... 

  • More likely to pass all courses
  • Less likely to have poor conduct in school
  • Less likely to be expelled

... and score better on nine protective factors 

  • Neighborhood resources, interested adults, sense of acceptance, controls against deviant behavior, models of conventional behavior, positive attitude towards the future, valuing achievement, ability to work with others and ability to work out conflicts.

http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5332511/k.7D2A/Evidence_of_Effectiveness.htm    


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History of the CASA Movement

In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge named David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.

Today, there are more than 59,000 advocates serving in 954 state and local program offices nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children 

Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive.

 
 
 
 

The Impact of Advocates
 
Child abuse and neglect can be prevented and stopped, and 
families strengthened, by proven programs that work! 
CASA provides a unique response on behalf of children that are:
  • at risk of not having adequate nourishment, clothing, or shelter
  • at risk of physical injury, illness, or handicap without adequate medical care
  • at risk of not being encouraged, consoled, or nurtured by a caring, trusted adult
  • at risk of lingering in foster care, waiting for a permanent, stable and secure home

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Call 337-462-4667 or 337-239-1970
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