The average child with a Heart of Missouri CASA volunteer will spend only 18 months in foster care (CASA Manager data, 2015) as opposed to 24 months without one.
The average child with a Heart of Missouri CASA volunteer will change homes only 4 times (CASA Manager data, 2015) as opposed to 5 times without one.
Children with a Heart of Missouri CASA are more likely to find a safe, permanent home (Fostering Court Improvement, 2015 Annual Report of Court Performance Measures and CASA Manager data, 2015).
Children with a CASA are half as likely to re-enter foster care (National CASA data, 2015).
Children with a CASA are more likely to succeed in school (National CASA data, 2015).
What is a CASA Volunteer
CASA volunteers are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by judges. Each volunteer is carefully screened, trained, and supervised. Volunteers conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, and interviewing everyone involved, including the child. They make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, providing the judges with information that will help them make an informed decision. CASA volunteers can be instrumental in assuring that a child and/or family receives services which the court has ordered – things like substance abuse counseling or special education testing. During the life of a case, a CASA volunteer monitors the child’s situation to make sure they remain safe and have a voice in court.