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CASA of Contra Costa County (CA) Expansion Program

by Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, Inc.

Summary

Foster children with a CASA volunteer have much better outcomes than those without one. Only 48% of foster youth overall graduate from high school or earn a GED. However, in the last two years, 100% of our CASA youth earned a high school diploma or GED or were still in school. Only 10% of foster youth attend college,but last year 67% of our youth with a GED or high school diploma were in college. With these outcomes we must serve more children and we aim to serve 40 additional youth this year.
$50,000.00
total goal
$49,975.00
remaining
10
days

Challenge

Although CASA youth have such a good outcomes compared to their counterparts in the foster care system, CASA has only been able to serve 140 to 155 children a year, of the 1,200 children in foster care in Contra Costa County. In an effort to serve more foster children and youth the CASA Board of Directors has undertaken an ambitious five year plan to increase the number of abused and neglected children served by the organization to 400 a year.

Solution

CASA volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile Court and work one-on-one with these children, fostering an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect leading to a meaningful relationship. CASA volunteers visit the foster home, meet with teachers, mental health providers, attorneys and social workers so they can provide a complete report to the Juvenile Court about a child's situation, and make recommendations for improvement. This program will allow us to provide these services to more children.

Long-Term Impact

It costs about $5,000/year to provide CASA services to a child who will likely graduate high school and go to college. This is a bargain since according to a study from Northeastern University (2009) a high school graduate will add a positive net fiscal benefit of $287,000 to society. A high school dropout will have a negative net fiscal contribution to society of $5,200. College graduates add more than $800,000 in benefits to society during their working life.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.cccocasa.org
Tajha talks about foster care
CASA of Contra Costa County
CASA of Contra Costa County on Facebook
CASA of Contra Costa County on Twitter

Organization Information

Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, Inc.

Location: Concord, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cccocasa.org
Project Leader:
Ann Wrixon
Concord, CA United States
March 2017 Accelerator
Donations: $25 raised ($5,000 needed)
 
Donors: 1 (40 needed)
 
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