What We Do

Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are 949 CASA programs around the country. It is a unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from more than 76,000 volunteers all committed to the rights of every child in the foster care and child welfare system.

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 reenter 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 through their childhood.
  • Children with CASA volunteers spend less time in foster care and are less likely to be bounced from home to home.

CASA volunteers improve the representation of children:

  • Reduce the time needed by lawyers
  • 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

Children 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
  • Ability to Resolve Conflicts