CASA volunteers make an impact!

Every year more than a half million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. CASA volunteers can make a difference in the lives of these children by advocating for their best interests in finding that home. Did you know?

  • More services are ordered for the children with a CASA because of a consistent, responsible adult presence.
  • Volunteers spend significantly more time with the child than a paid Guardian Ad Litem.
  • Children with a CASA volunteer spend an average of 8 months less time in foster care.
  • Children with a CASA volunteer are less likely to be bounced from one foster care home to another.

A child with a CASA volunteer is…

  • More likely to have a plan for permanency.
  • less likely to spend time in long-term foster care.
  • more likely to be adopted into a safe permanent home.
  • half as likely to re-enter foster care.
  • likely to receive more help while in the system.
  • more likely to do better in school.
  • less likely to have poor conduct in school.
  • far less likely to be expelled.

CASA volunteers improve the representation of children by…

    • reducing the time needed by lawyers.
    • filing written reports which lawyers don’t have time to do.
    • providing personal one-on-one information and experiences with the children they advocate for, which the court considers.

      In the few minutes it takes you to read this website, a report of child abuse or neglect has been made. At the close of today, an average of four children will have died due to maltreatment. Southwestern lower Michigan is not immune to this crisis. Last year Cass County received too many child abuse and neglect complaints.

      Funding and volunteer support was available to serve just only a small percentage of children in need. More volunteers are needed. Cass County has more children than our current 20 CASA volunteers can advocate for.

      To find out more about our upcoming training program, please contact Director, Erica Boulanger at 269-445-4431 ext 1.