A child with a CASA is more likely to be adopted.
A child with a CASA is half as likely to re-enter foster care.
A child with a CASA is substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care.
A child with a CASA is 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 with CASAs.
... and are more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence.
CASAs 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 home to home
CASA volunteers improve representation of children
For each of 9 duties, judges rated CASA volunteers more highly than attorneys.
CASAs are highly effective in having their recommendations adopted by the court.
CASAs reduce the time needed by lawyers.
CASAs are more likely than paid lawyers to file written reports.
Children with CASA volunteers do better in school ...
Children with CASAs are more likely to pass all courses.
Children with CASAs are less likely to have poor conduct in school.
Children with CASAs are 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
- Ability to work out conflicts