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Our Reach

Our Reach

CASA volunteers advocate on the behalf of children who are before the court because they have experienced abuse or neglect. Most of the children we serve are in foster care.

The Problem: Overwhelmed Systems

  • Child welfare systems are in a state of crisis, partly due to a devastating opioid epidemic.
  • More than 440,000 children are in foster care on any given day.
  • The average child in foster care spends more than a year in care.

The Solution: Advocates from the Community

  • Volunteer advocates are screened, trained and supported by CASA/GAL program staff.
  • CASA/GAL volunteers form a one-on-one relationship with a child and get a full picture of the case.
  • Judges depend on CASA/GAL volunteers for critical information to help them make the most well-informed decisions.

“My CASA volunteer taught me how to use my head, how to think about the future. He helped me become the person I am today.” – Josh, former foster youth and West Point graduate

Join us

Brighter Futures and Stronger Communities

Children who have experienced abuse or neglect fare better with a CASA/GAL volunteer by their side. Studies have shown:

They are

more likely

to find a safe, permanent home

They are

more likely

to succeed in school

They are

half as likely

to re-enter the foster care system

“CASA volunteers play a unique role on behalf of some of our most vulnerable children. Their commitment, vigilance and persistence offer hope where there has been little.”

– Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund

“It is our goal that every child in the dependency system has a trained CASA or GAL volunteer […]. We have seen first-hand that these volunteer advocates make a positive difference in children’s lives.” – Statement by 15 past presidents of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Help us meet the growing need

Each year, more than 85,000 CASA/GAL volunteers help change the lives of more than 260,000 children.

Join us today