During 2019 in Denton County:
- More than 1,000 children spent time in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect.
- CASA served 615 children with a caring, trained advocate to speak to the court about their needs and best interests.
- 241 community members gave their time, talent, and voices to support the most vulnerable children in need.
The difference a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, makes in the life of a child in foster care is profound. Children with a CASA volunteer:
- Are less likely to return to foster care after their case closes than those who don’t have an advocate.
- Receive more services while in foster care than those children who don’t have an advocate;
- Their caregivers also receive more services while the case goes on than those where a CASA is not appointed.
CASA of Denton County has a reputation in the community for its effective and quality services. In 2019, 89% of final hearing recommendations made by our volunteers were accepted by judges/juries. Volunteers recorded an average of 41 hours of advocacy for each child served during the year, and less than 1% of children served re-entered the child welfare system for a second time within six months of case closure.
In an effort for total transparency, CASA releases an annual report to the community, including an audited financial report, program statistics and details about our program’s functioning during the previous fiscal year.