107 West 13th
Hays, Kansas 67601
Be a CASA®
Understanding the Need
Need for Volunteers
Last year, our 876 CASA volunteers advocated for 2,194 children—an impressive number yet just half of the children in the child welfare system at any given time.
Our volunteers are an amazing force for good, but we need more of them. Our vision is that every child who needs a volunteer will have one. With your help, we can reach that goal.
CASA® volunteers are always happy to share their stories – the work they do is inspiring, humbling, and deeply rewarding.
By the Numbers
In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks. On average, a foster kid will remain in the system for 3 years. The Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care
95% of kids with a CASA volunteer stay out of long-term foster care.
In 2011, the 24 Kansas CASA programs in Kansas advocated for 2,225 children with 969 CASA volunteers. Those volunteers provided over 60,000 hours of advocacy to those children.
The member programs of the Kansas CASA Association believe our volunteer advocates have a positive impact on the lives of the children we serve. It is our ultimate goal that every child should have a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible after entering the court system as a child in need of care and should be safe while under the jurisdiction of the court. We have defined three outcome measurements to demonstrate the impact CASA volunteers can have on the lives of the abused and neglected children they serve. In 2010, our programs accomplished the following:
Child safety in placement
99% of children had no substantiated recurrence of abuse or neglect while a CASA was assigned to the case.
93% of children had no change in their CASA volunteer
Children remain in safe, permanent homes
98% of children did not return to their jurisdiction's court system two years after the case closure, due to abuse or neglect
In addition, as we believe substance abuse is a significant issue facing the children and families we serve, we track data on the number of children in need of care served by our programs that are impacted by substance abuse.
In 2011, 40% of children's cases involved substance abuse by the parent and/or child.
Making an Impact
Of course we know our program is effective. We see the results everyday we go to work. But it’s nice to know there is research to back up the importance of children in the court system having a CASA volunteer to advocate for them.
The Kansas CASA Association and its local program are certified by the National CASA Association, meaning we adhere to formal standards and must pass a quality assurance review every four years. Working in partnership with National CASA and local CASA® programs, the Kansas CASA Association provides:
Nothing is more sacred than ensuring that all Kansas children are living in safe and loving homes. Our priority is to provide children in the court system with a CASA volunteer, but it takes support from many places to do so. The state legislature plays a key role in helping us improve the lives of children displaced from their homes by helping to fund the work we do. We’ve been fortunate to have great support from attorneys, judges, and legislators since the inception of our programs in the State of Kansas. However, there are still needs that need met that could better enhance our services and enable us to serve more children.For more information on the Kansas CASA Association legislative committee email: statedirector@kansasCASA.org