How effective have CASA programs been?

All children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect deserve to have their best interests represented in court. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) have a profound positive impact on the lives of these children, giving them a voice and hope for the future. A child with a CASA is more likely to find a safe, permanent home, and spends far less time in foster care (up to 8 months less on average) than a child who does not have CASA representation. Children with CASAs get more help while in the child welfare system, as more services are ordered for them. They do better in school, are more likely to pass courses and are less likely to be expelled. (Gershun & Terrebonne, 2018)

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1. What is a CASA volunteer?
2. What is the CASA volunteer's role?
3. How does a CASA volunteer investigate a case?
4. How does a CASA volunteer differ from a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager?
5. How does the role of a CASA volunteer differ from an attorney?
6. Is there a "typical" CASA volunteer?
7. Do lawyers and judges support CASA?
8. Does the federal government support CASA?
9. How effective have CASA programs been?
10. How much time does it require?
11. How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved with a case?
12. Are there other agencies or groups that provide the same service?
13. What children are assigned CASA volunteers?
14. What is the role of the National CASA Association?
15. How is CASA funded?
16. Does National CASA have a website?
17. How do I contact the local CASA Office?