With the help of a CASA, children get through the trauma of the foster care system safely, quickly and effectively. Here are some of the ways a CASA advocate makes a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child in the foster care system:
- Children in the court system can move from foster home to foster home an average of 6.6 times. With the help of a CASA, children can experience less trauma by reducing that number to an average 3.9 moves.
- A child is twice as likely to receive the counseling needed to treat serious issues due to abuse and neglect with a CASA advocating on their behalf.
- Children spend an average of 28 months in the foster care system. With a CASA advocate overseeing the process, the time can be reduced by 8 months.
- Oregon tax payers spent $26,600 per child per year in foster care. With the help of a CASA, the child moves quickly through the system reducing the tax payers’ cost to $17,736 a year.
- CASA volunteers dedicate approximately 108,240 hours a year filling a critical need for a child in an overburdened court system. These hours are valued at $2.22 million which is the equivalent of 52 full-time employees.
- Cases with a CASA are more likely to be permanently closed by finding a safe and permanent home so children do not re-enter the system.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2014-2015:
- 1,015 children who were abused or neglected received a CASA
- 451 CASAs advocated on behalf of these children.
- 328 new children were served
- 111 new CASAs joined the program
- 239 cases were successfully closed
ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2013-2014:
- 951 children who were abused or neglected received a CASA
- 415 CASAs advocated on behalf of these children.
- 287 new children were served
- 100 new CASAs joined the program
- 258 cases were successfully closed