CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties Recent Outcomes

  • 85% of the cases that closed this past year resulted in permanent placements.

  • Over 90% of recommendations made by our advocates were accepted in court and many were turned into court orders.

  • Nearly 100% of the children we served received routine medical and dental care.

 The Impact of CASA

  • A child with a CASA/ volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home and is more likely to have a consistent, responsible adult presence in his or her life

  • Children with CASA volunteers get more help while in the system.

  • Children with CASA volunteers spend less time in foster care and are less likely to be bounced from home to home.

  • Children with CASA volunteers do better in school than those foster children without CASA volunteers.




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