Answering a Very Special and Compelling Need!
CASA provides a unique response on behalf of children that are:
- at risk of not having adequate nourishment,clothing or shelter.
- at risk of physical injury, illness or handicap without adequate medical care.
- at risk of not being encouraged, consoled, or nurtured by a caring and trusted adult.
- at risk of lingering in foster care, wanting for a permanent, stable and secure home.
- Since independent formation in 2004, CASA of Northeast TN has advocated for over 1,200 children.
- In FY 2014 (July13-June14) we served 417 children at risk while increasing our active Volunteer Advocates to more than 80.
What Our Juvenile Court Judges Say:
“CASA provides an invaluable service that is the eyes and ears for the judge and the voice for the child in court…. Volunteers have helped hundreds of children in Washington County find safe and permanent homes in which they can thrive. Making decisions for abused and neglected children is the hardest thing we deal with as judges in the Juvenile Court System.” Judge Robert Lincoln, Washington County Juvenile Court, Dec 2007.
“Not only does CASA investigate the child’s immediate environment, but they also interview neighbors, talk to school personnel and garner information wherever possible. The assistance the volunteers give the guardian ad litem and the court is invaluable….” Judge Sharon Green, Johnson City Juvenile Court (As quoted in Johnson City Press article 12-23-2007)
U.S. Department of Justice 2006 Inspector General Audit reports that involvement of a CASA volunteer makes a substantial difference to the children they serve:
- A higher number of necessary services are ordered for children/ families, due to the CASA’s effectiveness in identifying needs.
- Make it substantially less likely for children to remain in long term foster care.
- Makes it more likely that a child will be adopted.
- Children with a CASA are 50% less likely to reenter the welfare system.