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How Effective Is CASA?

When A Child Has A CASA Advocate, They Are 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 

Have a consistent, responsible adult presence

Volunteers spend significantly more time with the child than a paid guardian ad litem.

Have fewer moves from home to home

  • CASA volunteers improve representation of children. 

  • Reduce the time needed by lawyers

  • More likely than paid lawyers to file written reports 

  • For each of 9 duties, judges rated CASA/GAL volunteers more highly than attorneys 

  • Highly effective in having their recommendations adopted by the court 

Get more help while in the system

More services are ordered for children with CASA volunteerings advocating for them.

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.”

Do better in school

  • More likely to pass all courses

  • Less likely to have poor conduct in school

  • Less likely to be expelled

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