Frequently Asked Questions about CASA
Volunteers provide a continuum of services customized to meet each child’s needs. They locate vital therapeutic and rehabilitative services for 100 percent of the children we serve to help children deal with the trauma of abuse. Services for the child and family may include psychological evaluations and treatment, educational assistance, and parent/family education. They may also include researching and helping to locate resources for quality of life experiences for summer camp, sports and arts programs, and other extracurricular activities. In addition, our volunteers help children and families access special needs items such as eyeglasses, clothing, beds, tutoring, school supplies, backpacks and other basic needs.
Volunteers work in tandem with a staff Volunteer Coordinator who guides their casework and supports the efforts of the volunteer. Our staff members have expertise in working on behalf of abused children and are there to coach the volunteer through casework, court, working with the child and families and all other aspects of their volunteer role. The volunteer/staff member team approaches the child’s case jointly, ensuring the best services are delivered to the child.
Research has shown that children with CASA volunteers:
-Are half as likely to re-enter foster care
-Are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
-Are more likely to be adopted -Have more services ordered for them
-Are more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence
-Spend less time in foster care