Nebraska CASA Association partners with local CASA programs to recruit and train volunteers who speak in court for the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children.
- CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.
- Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who are appointed by judges to speak in court for the safety and well-being of an abused or neglected child.
- Children assigned to a CASA volunteer are victims of abuse or neglect.
- CASA volunteers come from all walks of life. About half of all CASA volunteers are employed full-time.
- CASA volunteers are well trained and supported by competent and professional staff.
- Judges, attorneys, child welfare workers and parents overwhelmingly report that CASA volunteers make a difference with the children they serve.
- Children with a CASA volunteer are half as likely to spend time in long-term foster care, defined as more than three years in care.
- Cases involving a CASA volunteer are more likely to be permanently closed. Fewer than 10% of children with a CASA volunteer re-enter the foster care system.
- CASA advocacy saves taxpayer dollars. If the median length of stay were shortened for children in foster care by just one month, it would realize a savings to Nebraska taxpayers of approximately $10.6 million per year.
CASA in Nebraska
- In 2012, 634 CASA volunteers advocated for 1,326 of Nebraska's abused and neglected children.
- On December 31, 2012, 1,665 children were on a waiting list for CASA services.
- The average annual CASA program cost per child served is $1,140.
- The average annual CASA program cost per volunteer is $2,696 (for recruitment, training, supervision, and continuing education).
- 22 local CASA programs are currently serving 36 counties in Nebraska.
- CASA has been in Nebraska for over 25 years.
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Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 477-2788 or 1-800-788-4772
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