A child with a CASA/GAL volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:
- More likely to be adopted
- Half as likely to re-enter foster care
- Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
- More likely to have a plan for permanency
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 those in paid positions.
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.
- Are less likely to be bounced from home to home.
- CASA volunteers improve representation of children.
- Reduce the time needed by lawyers
- 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.