Voices is dedicated to ensuring that CASA of Maricopa County has the capacity to recruit, train and retain CASA volunteers to support the State and National CASA Association goal of one CASA for every child in State care.
The positive impact of a CASA volunteer on a child’s life is remarkable and substantiated. 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.
Children with CASA volunteers get more help while in the system and are more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence. Notably:
- More services are ordered for the children.
- Volunteers spend significantly more time with the child than a paid guardian ad litem.
Children with CASA volunteers spend less time in foster care, whereas:
- Children without CASA involvement spend an average of over eight months longer in care, compared to children having CASA involvement.
Children with CASA volunteers do better in school. They are:
- More likely to pass all courses.
- Less likely to have poor conduct in school.
- Less likely to be expelled.
*Source: Evidence of Effectiveness article from the National CASA Association website.