Evidence of Effectiveness for Children

"I always slept better when I knew a CASA was on the case." Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright.

“CASA volunteers are always prepared and helpful. I have come to place great weight on their recommendations. My wish is to assign a CASA to every case. I have no doubt that it would greatly serve the children coming before us.” Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright (former 1st Judicial District Court Judge)

A child with a CASA 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, especially children of color

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 a paid guardian ad litem.

Children with CASA volunteers spend less time in foster care…

  • 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.
  • Reduce the time needed by lawyers
  • More likely than paid lawyers to file written reports
  • For each of 9 duties, judges rated CASA volunteers more highly than attorneys
  • 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
  • ability to work out conflicts

Provided by the National CASA Association. View Sources.

Judges and Others Endorse Work of CASA Volunteers


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