Key Benefits

CASA outcomes

Better decisions for children

Because CASA volunteers have low caseloads (usually only one case at a time), they can give each child the sustained attention he/she deserves. CASA volunteers are typically appointed to complex cases where there are multiple risk factors that need to be fully understood in order to make a placement decision that will be in the child’s best interest. Fewer cases means more time to understand all the issues at play in the case, which leads to a better decision.

Better information in court

The hallmark of CASA’s work is the written report submitted to the juvenile court judge. This comprehensive report contains the results of the CASA’s research and provides a recommendation of what the CASA believes to be in the child’s best interest. This report is given careful consideration by the judge who often follows CASA’s recommendations.

More appropriate court-ordered services for children

Because of our volunteers’ detailed understanding of the child’s circumstances, children with CASA volunteers often receive more court-ordered services. Because these services are better targeted to the child’s specific needs, service dollars are used more effectively.

Better system accountability

The CASA volunteer’s long-term involvement with each case ensures that no child is lost in the system designed to protect their welfare. From advocating for much-needed services to monitoring a family’s compliance with court orders, CASA volunteers remain on a child’s case until he or she is placed in a safe, permanent home.