How effective are CASA Programs?
The US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General indicates that once a CASA volunteer is assigned, approximately 95% of children do not languish in long-term foster care and 90% of children do not reenter the child welfare system. Cases assigned to a CASA volunteer tend to involve the most serious cases of maltreatment, in which the children were more at risk. Furthermore, when a CASA volunteer was involved, both children and their parents were ordered by the courts to receive more services.

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1. What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?
2. Are CASA Programs Known By Other Names?
3. What is the CASA volunteer's role?
4. How does a CASA volunteer investigate a case?
5. How does a CASA volunteer differ from a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager?
6. How does the role of a CASA volunteer differ from an attorney?
7. Who is the "typical" CASA volunteer?
8. Can anyone be a CASA volunteer?
9. What training does a CASA volunteer receive?
10. How does the CASA volunteer relate to the child he or she represents?
11. How many cases on average does a CASA volunteer carry at a time?
12. Do lawyers, judges, and social workers support CASA?
13. How many CASA Programs are there nationally?
14. How effective are CASA Programs?
15. How much time does a case require?
16. How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved with a case?
17. Are there any other agencies or groups which provide the same service?
18. What is the role of the National CASA Association?
19. How is the program regarded locally?