ABOUT CASA

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, specially trained and supervised, is appointed by a Judge to speak up for a child in foster care. CASA volunteers help to secure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children by investigating and monitoring cases involving children in foster care.


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MISSION PARTNERS

Walmart National CASA Louisiana's Safe Haven Law Louisiana's Children's Justice Act Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families Louisiana Court Improvement Program Louisiana Children's Trust Fund Louisiana Bar Foundation Department of Children & Family Services CLARO - Children's Law Advocacy Resources Online CACLA Americorps Vista BCBSLA CWIG NCA NCAC

CASA IN LOUISIANA

  • 3,480 Children Served
  • 1,789 Dedicated Volunteers
  • $1.8 Million in Volunteer Services
  • 18 CASA Programs in Louisiana
  • 55 Parishes Served

EVIDENCE-BASED OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN

Independent, national research identified the effectiveness of CASA Volunteers in serving children in foster care. Highlights of those findings included:

  • Children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less liekly to spend time in long-term foster care.
  • Children served by a CASA volunteer are less likely to re-enter the foster care system; the proportion of re-entries is consistently reduced by half.
  • When a CASA volunteer is assigned, larger numbers of services are ordered for children and families.
  • CASA volunteers are highly effective in getting their recommendations accepted in court; in four out of five cases, all or almost all recommendations by the CASA volunteer are accepted.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT REDUCES COSTS

Each CASA volunteer from the community may provide advocacy for two children or sibling groups at a time. In turn, each specially trained supervisor works directly with 30 volunteers. As a result, one paid staff member supervises volunteer services for 60 or more abused and neglected children, maximizing the impact of dollars spent. In 2012 alone, local community CASA volunteers across the state contributed time valued at $1.8 million.