What Does a CASA Volunteer Do?

In this 3-minute video, you can see how a CASA Volunteer can support an individual child as they move along a treadmill of growing up (which is hard anyway) while in the child protection system. It shows how a CASA Volunteer’s advocacy means that medical, mental health, academic and social needs of a child are not forgotten and a child has a better chance.

Why a CASA Volunteer Makes a Difference:

CASA Volunteers spend most of their volunteer time in contact with the child. Source.

Recommendations and Services

CASA Volunteers are highly effective in getting their recommendations accepted in court. In four out of five cases, all or almost all CASA volunteer recommendations are accepted. Source.

When a CASA volunteer is involved, both children and their parents are ordered by the courts to receive more services. The audit concluded that this was an indication that “CASA is effective in identifying the needs of children and parents.” Source.

When a CASA volunteer is assigned, a higher number of services are ordered for children and families. Source. 

Time Spent in Care

Children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care, defined as more than 3 years in care: 12.3% for CASA cases versus 27% of all other children in foster care. Source.

Permanency and Adoption

Cases involving a CASA volunteer are more likely to be “permanently closed” (i.e. the children are less likely to reenter the child protection system) than cases where a CASA volunteer is not involved. Source.

Children with a CASA volunteer are more likely to be adopted and less likely to be reunified with their parents than children not assigned to a CASA volunteer. Source.

The audit explains that this finding as the result of CASA volunteers serving on typically the most serious cases of maltreatment and therefore cases where children are less likely to be reunified with their parents.

Success in School

Children with CASA Volunteers are more likely to pass all courses, less likely to have poor conduct in school and less likely to be expelled.

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