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Suffer the Children


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Suffer the Children

  1. 1. SUFFER THE CHILDREN<br />Greater Prince William CASA<br />
  2. 2. Our Mission<br /><ul><li>To provide a voice in court for every abused and neglected child that they might have an opportunity for a safe and permanent home.
  3. 3. To help the child in crisis feel a little less alone, understand a little more about what is happening around them, and know that someone who cares will be there through their entire court experience.</li></ul> <br />
  4. 4. Our Mission cont’d<br /> <br /><ul><li>To watch diligently over the child’s safety and care that they not get lost in the system and are provided the needed services to grow up to become healthy, productive adults, able to break the chain of abuse. </li></ul> <br /><ul><li>To assist the court and the Guardian ad Litem by providing accurate, child centered information as they seek to legally protect the child.</li></ul> <br />3<br />
  5. 5. Last year, in Prince William 1,412 children received interventions for child abuse.<br />THE CRISIS<br />Each year nearly 800,000 childrenare confirmed victims of abuse or neglect in the U.S. The threat grows during times of economic downturn. <br />4<br />
  6. 6. Last Year in Greater Prince William<br />CASA provided advocates to<br /> 401 abused, neglected and abandoned children<br />5<br />
  7. 7. Last year, 119 kids were in foster care, in Prince William because they could not live safely with their families.<br />6<br />
  8. 8. On average, a child is moved at least 3 timeswhile in foster care—often more.National Children’s Law Network<br />7<br />
  9. 9. 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<br />8<br />
  10. 10. Foster kids typicallyattend 9 different schools by age 18.National Children’s Law Network<br />9<br />
  11. 11. homeless<br />dropout<br />unemployed<br />incarcerated<br />A recent study found children who suffer abuse are 50 percent more likely to engage in many types of crime. Does Child Abuse Cause Crime?, Janet Currie & Erdal Tekin, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007<br />10<br />
  12. 12. It can be different…<br />productive member of society<br />successful career<br />high school graduate<br />safe home<br />THE CASA SOLUTION<br />A CASA volunteer and a safe, permanent home for every child in foster care.<br />11<br />
  13. 13. CASA volunteers do what no one else does<br />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.<br />12<br />
  14. 14. CASA volunteers are more than mentors<br /><ul><li>They are sworn officers of the court
  15. 15. They work with the most severe cases of abuse and neglect
  16. 16. They complete independent investigations
  17. 17. They act as facilitators between the family and the court
  18. 18. They monitor kids’ health and education
  19. 19. They submit recommendations and are effective in identifying the needs of children and parents</li></ul>13<br />
  20. 20. CASA VOLUNTEERS = A PROVEN SOLUTION<br />95 percent of kids with a CASA volunteer stay out of long-term foster care. <br />90 percent of kids with a CASA volunteer do not re-enter the child welfare system. Kids with CASA volunteers are more likely to be adopted. U.S. Department of Justice<br />14<br />
  21. 21. CASA of Greater Prince William this year:<br />124 highly trained volunteers serving nearly 500 children in the 31st Judicial District<br />15<br />
  22. 22. Last Year in Greater Prince William:<br />124 VOLUNTEERS <br /> 10,406 HOURS <br /> $213,635 HOURS VALUE<br />16<br />
  23. 23. An abused child is provided a <br />CASA Advocate <br />for one year<br />$1,200 investment<br />CASA Volunteers = Cost-Effective Solution<br />NATIONAL CASA 2008 PROGRAM SURVEY<br />17<br />
  24. 24. 90<br />Children<br />Served<br />1<br />Supervisor<br />30<br />Volunteers<br />CASA Volunteers = Exponential Impact<br />18<br />
  25. 25. ANNUAL NATIONAL COST OF CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT =$104 billion<br />CASA Volunteers = Exponential ROI<br />19<br />
  26. 26. Abused, but no longer in the shadows<br />Please consider helping us <br />to help the children.<br /><br />