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:

 

SAFELY

  • 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.

 

QUICKLY

  • 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.

 

EFFECTIVELY

  • 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 per child by $17,736.
  • 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