About CASA DC
CASA for Children of DC is a game-changer in youth advocacy.
Our 200+ CASA volunteers serve children in DC’s child welfare system in a UNIQUE 1:1 advocacy model that works.
After 30+ hours of training, volunteers are sworn in by the DC Superior Court and advocate to secure critical services for the child they are assigned, often helping them connect to jobs, educational opportunities, and housing. Because of their dogged advocacy and results, judges see CASAs as “the eyes and the ears” of the court system. CASA volunteers handle just 1 or 2 cases at a time, so that they can give each child’s case the sustained, personal attention he or she deserves.
When you pair a foster child with a trained, caring adult who believes in his or her possibilities, REAL change happens!
An Inspector General report for the U.S. Department of Justice said foster children who have CASAs spend LESS time in long-term foster care, and are less likely to be homeless. More than 90% of children with CASA volunteers never reenter the child welfare system, a significant difference compared to the general foster care population.
About 1,400 children are currently in DC’s foster care system, and CASA for the Children of DC is only able to support a fraction of them right now.