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IN 2004 The Urban Institute estimated the total child welfare expenditures for the State of Alabama was approximately 278 million dollar. Children's Trust Fund and UAB did a study in 2007 where they estimated the total cost for Alabama in Direct and indirect cost annual was about 521 million dollars. Direct cost included Hospitalization due to abuse, low birth weight due to prenatal neglect, chronic health problems, Mental Health care, Child Welfare system, Law Enforcement, Judicial System which accounts for 392 million dollars annually. The indirect costs which include special education cost, juvenile delinquency, Lost productivity to society, unemployment and adult criminal offensives which accounts for a total of 129 million dollars annually.
Judge Soukup was significantly concerned about the impact the courts were having on the future of the children he was working with. So he came up with the idea of a CASA volunteer. He decided to recruited and trained volunteers from his community to serve as CASA’s. In January 1977 the CASA program became active and it provided 110 trained volunteers for 498 children. Seattle ‘s programs was rated one of the country’s most successful and innovated programs Due to this success many States quickly began to pass legislation authorizing CSA programs. The Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 , as amended (Public Law 101-647), mandates that all abused and neglected children involved in dependency proceedings receive timely, sensitive, and effective advocacy. The Act directs that a “court-appointed special advocate shall be available to every victim of child abuse or neglect in the United States that needs such an advocate.” The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program ensures that abused and neglected children receive high quality representation in dependency court hearings.
The office of Justice and Delinquency Prevention views CASA not only as a safety net for abused and neglected children, but also as an essential ally in delinquency prevention. The CASA supported system helps interrupt this cycle.
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CAMPAIGN FOR FOSTER CHILDRENAlabama Court Appointed Special Advocates Networks (CASA) Give a Child a Voice. [LOGO]
AgendaThe CrisisHistory of Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA)Alabama CASA NetworkThe CASA SolutionGoalsDiscussion [LOGO]
THE CRISIS At any one time, more than 7,000 kids in Alabama are in foster care because they cannot live safely with their families. [LOGO]3
On average, a child is moved at least 3 times while in foster care—often more.4 National Children’s Law Network [LOGO]
In an overburdened social welfare system, abusedand 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 Care5 [LOGO]
COMPLICATIONFoster kids typically attend 9 different schools by age 18.National Children’s Law Network6 [LOGO]
The Annual cost of one child in foster care for Alabama34 MONTHS (avg time spent in foster care) X $2400 (monthly cost) $81,600MULTIPLE FOSTER PLACEMENTS = FALLING BEHIND A GRADE IN SCHOOL $7,000RECCURRENCING CYCLE OF ABUSE $30,000-$125,000JUVENILE DELINQUENCY $50,000 OR MORETOTAL ANNUAL COST FOR ONE CHILD $ 168,600 7 [LOGO]
History of CASA •Founder- Judge David Soukup Seattle Washington •In 1978 a nationwide survey was done by the office of Juvenile Justice and delinquency to evaluate advocate programs in juvenile courts. •The Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 8 [LOGO]
Alabama CASA NetworkThe Mission of Alabama Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA) Network is to ensure that every abused, neglected and/or abandoned child in Alabama has a competent, caringvolunteer appointed to advocate for the child’s best interest incourt. 9 [LOGO]
Alabama CASA Network A state-level organization, Al Court Appointed Special Advocates Network (CASA) works with anetwork of 10 local CASA programs that recruit, train, and support volunteer advocates whowork to make each child count. Since 1993, Al CASA has been working to better the lives ofthousands of Alabama’s children by strengthening, sustaining and growing Alabama’s CASAnetwork. Al CASA provides wide-ranging assistance to local CASA programs in a variety of ways:starting new CASA programs; helping existing programs expand; providing technical assistanceand legislative education; and in general “lightening the load” for local programs. Additionally, Alabama CASA strives to promote Court Appointed Special Advocates on astatewide level, educating the public about CASA, and working with other child welfare agenciesto ensure all of Alabama’s children entering in the abuse and neglect system have a brightfuture. [LOGO] 10
67 counties in Alabama Only 10 counties have CASA Programs11 [LOGO]
Key Numbers (2010)CHILDREN: 7,000 kids in foster care in AlabamaVOLUNTEERS: 275 Number of Children Served: 600HOURS (10 hrs per month): 33,000 hoursHOURS VALUE($21 hr): $693,000.00 12 [LOGO]
Key Numbers• CASA is a cost effective solution. It costs $1,000 a year for a child to have a CASA.• CASA volunteers carry a caseload of 1-3 children. DHR case workers carry a caseload of 28-32 children.• A child with a CASA volunteer is less likely to reenter the child welfare system. The proportion of reentries is consistently reduced by half. 13 [LOGO]
CASA Solution CASA volunteers do what no one else does In each case a CASA Volunteer conducts an independent review of a childs circumstance and submits formal recommendations for the child’s placement. During the course of the review , the CASA volunteer interviews individuals with pertinent information, such as the child, parents, family member, teachers, neighbors and doctors and inspects all documents and records. They donate their time to act as the independent eyes and ears of the court, investigate in the field, and speak solely in the interests of the child.14 [LOGO]
CASA VOLUNTEERS = A PROVEN SOLUTION95 percent of kids with a CASA volunteer stay out of long-term foster care (3years).Kids with CASA volunteers are more likely to be adopted.U.S. Department of Justice15 [LOGO]
e d d loy less r ate t em p om e a rce pouun h inc droA recent study found children who suffer abuse are 50 percentmore likely to engage in many types of crime.Does Child Abuse Cause Crime?, Janet Currie & Erdal Tekin, National Bureau of Economic Research, 200716 [LOGO]
It can be different… e l sfu l u ctiv f hoo s e m e rod er o h sc tes u cc r e ho p b hig ua e saf em y d are m t gra c so ci eA CASA volunteer and a safe, permanenthome for every child in foster care.17 [LOGO]
If every child in AL foster care spent 1 less month in foster care, Al taxpayers would save over 16 million dollars annually. (7,000*2400) CASA Volunteers = Exponential ROI18 [LOGO]
We believe every foster child needs a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, or CASAvolunteer, to watch over them and advocate on their behalf until the child isplaced in a safe, permanent home. Kids with CASA volunteers are less likely to stayin foster care long-term, and more likely to be adopted. In other words, CASAvolunteers change the lives of the kids they serve.19 [LOGO]