Evidence of Effectiveness

Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, the CASA model has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are nearly 950 CASA programs around the country. The model requires a unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from more than 85,000 volunteers, each committed to the well-being of children in the child welfare system.

CASA volunteers are rigorously screened and trained, are appointed by court, and have statutory access to these children’s most critical information. Research demonstrates that children in foster care who have been matched with a CASA volunteer experience fewer out-of-home placements.

One evaluation found that CASA volunteers actively connected children to the appropriate wraparound services and spent the largest proportion of their time on the case in direct one-on-one contact with their appointed youth. At-risk foster youth with a CASA volunteer, and their families, received significantly more services to address their needs than children without one.

Another study, conducted by the University of Houston and Child Advocates, found that a child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to pass all courses in school, less likely to have poor conduct, and less likely to be expelled.

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