Our Impact

 

2012 Accomplishments -

  • 225 abused and neglected children living in foster care in 2012 were appointed a volunteer advocate
  • 62 Children were placed into safe, permanent “forever” homes
  • 20 New CASA volunteers were trained and sworn-in
  • In 2012, 7,267 hours were contributed to children by CASA volunteers ( Value $20.85 x 6,466 = $140,894 saved)
  • In 2012 46,557 miles were driven by CASA volunteers ( Value $.50 x 50,134 = $23,278 saved)
 

Linn County CASA’s Impact

Research tells us that 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…
  • “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.”

… 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/GAL 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 and ability to work out conflicts.

A child with a CASA/GAL 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