Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
Last year, more than 77,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped 234,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training with their local CASA/GAL program.
A unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from those 77,000 volunteers leverages each dollar of investment to achieve unprecedented results. In fact, several independent studies, including a report by the U.S. Department of Justice, have validated the work of CASA volunteers.
A child with a CASA volunteer is:
- Half as likely to re-enter foster care
- Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
- More likely to do better in school
- More likely to be adopted
- More likely to have a positive attitude towards the future, an ability to work with others and to resolve conflicts
- Since its founding by a family court judge in 1977, CASA for Children has helped assure a safe transition to a loving home for more than 2 million children in foster care
400,000 children in America who are still waiting for their volunteer. Waiting for that one trusted adult who will stick with them until their case is resolved. Waiting because today CASA for Children can serve only 35% of the children in the foster care system.
You can help change that number. Please donate today.
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