How Do CASA Volunteers Help Children?
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care. Read more evidence of effectiveness.
Who Are CASA Volunteers?
Last year, more than 60 CASA volunteers helped more than 115 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training with the local CASA program. Read more on how YOU can become a CASA volunteer.
Who Are the Children CASA Volunteers Help?
Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Each year, more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country. In Sedgwick County, each year there are more than 1,200 children in foster care. Because there are not enough CASA volunteers to represent all of the children in care, judges typically assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult cases. Read the stories of young people whose lives were changed by the support of a CASA volunteer.
How Did the CASA Movement Begin?
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia. In 1981, CASA of Sedgwick County became the 15th CASA program in the nation.
How Is CASA of Sedgwick County Funded?
The primary source of CASA of Sedgwick County's funding is the United Way of the Plains, as well as the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration (OJA), Kansas Attorney's General's Office Crime Victim Services, private foundations and individual donors. Read more about ways to donate to CASA of Sedgwick County.
How Many CASA Programs Are There?
There are nearly 1,000 CASA programs in 49 states recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. In Kansas, there are 23 CASA programs. CASA of Sedgwick County was the first in Kansas and only serves the Sedgwick County Judicial District. Looking for a Kansas CASA program in another county? Click here to find a CASA program in your local area.