Cuyahoga County Children need protection and care

  • At the end of 2014 there were 5,141 open cases at the Division of Children and Family Services
  • In 2013, 61% of the children in custody were African American
  • Older children are aging out of care without the “safety net” of family

CASA volunteers offer high quality advocacy

  • CASA volunteers handle 1-2 cases at a time
  • Judges, attorneys, child welfare workers, and parents overwhelmingly report CASA volunteers make a difference with the children they serve

CASA volunteers get results

  • Children with CASA volunteers spend 7.5 fewer months in foster care, experience fewer out of home placements and have significantly improved educational performance
  • More than 90% of children with CASA volunteers never reenter the child welfare system, a significant difference compared to the general foster care population

CASA programs are cost-effective

  • By reducing long-term placements, subsequent victimization, and reentry into the foster care system, CASA programs reduce child welfare costs
  • CASA programs inform and engage the community
  • CASA programs involve community volunteers in the courts, educating them about the needs and interests of abused and neglected children and encouraging them to accept ownership of the problems and solutions for these children