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Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity adopted National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as its international philanthropy in 1989. CASA volunteers are trained and speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in court. CASA volunteers research the child's background details to help the court make a sound decision about the child's future. Today, there are more than 77,000 advocates serving in nearly 1,000 state and local program offices nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children. Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped almost 240,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive.
CASA programs can help a displaced child find the security needed to grow and reach full potential. It's been shown that:
- Children who have been assigned CASA volunteers tend to spend less time in court and in foster care than those who do not have CASA representation.
- CASA advocated children have better chances of finding permanent homes.
- CASA cases are more likely to be reviewed on a regular basis by the court.
Visit the National CASA website here.