During 2016 in Denton County:
- 1 out of every 223 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect in Denton County.
- 624 children were in foster care, having been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
- 583, or 94%, of those children were served by CASA with a trained community volunteer to act as their guardian ad litem and advocate for their best interests.
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:
- Spend an average of 7.5 months less in foster care, a savings of more than $2,000 per child per month to the state of Texas;
- Have fewer foster placement changes;
- Are half as likely to re-enter foster care;
- Are more likely to be adopted;
- Are more likely to graduate from high school; and
- Have parents who access more services while their children are in foster care.
CASA of Denton County has a reputation in the community for its effective and quality services. This is why in 2016, 96% of CASA recommendations were accepted by Judges/Juries in Denton County and 70% of children achieved permanency within 18 months of CASA’s acceptance of the case. Working diligently to make these results a reality, 189 CASA volunteers drove 241,077 miles and spent 25,615 hours on their cases in 2016 alone. For full facts, figures and studies, please see the National CASA Association’s 2014 Annual Local Program Survey Report and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ 2015 Annual Report and Data Book.
In an effort for total transparency, CASA releases an annual report to the community, including a financial report, program statistics and highlights.