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. More than half of all CASA volunteers are employed full-time.
- CASA volunteers are well trained and supported by competent and professional staff.
- Judges, attorneys, child protective 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 by reducing children's length of stay and chances of returning to Foster Care.
CASA in Nebraska
- 799 Nebraskans volunteered as advocates for children in 2017.
- 1,835 Nebraska children had a CASA volunteer in 2017.
- Although CASA serves more children each year, there are still 2,000 children without an advocate.
- The average annual CASA program cost per child served is $1,013.
- 21 local CASA programs are currently serving 47 counties in Nebraska.
- CASA programs have served Nebraska children for 31 years!