For children in foster care, uncertainty is the norm: they bounce from house to house and school to school. And the vast majority of kids in DC’s child welfare system are victims of neglect or abuse. So CASA DC provides a grounding rod: a caring, consistent adult who is dedicated to the child’s best interests. After rigorous recruitment, screening, and more than 30 hours of training, volunteers (called CASAs) are sworn in by the DC Superior Court and matched to a young person in need. CASAs attend court hearings, strengthen relationships with social workers and attorneys, and help connect youth to jobs, educational opportunities, and housing. Specialized support is provided for pregnant teens and young parents, children whose parents struggle with substance abuse, runaways, and older youth who will soon “age out” of the system. In 2015, CASA DC served 242 kids; of the cases that closed, 100% transitioned into independent living, permanent guardianship, or adoption, or were successfully reunited with their biological families. Your advocacy – and philanthropy – is needed here.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of youth we serve annually:   250
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   150
  • Number of activities volunteers have helped youth with related to securing a job in 2016:   200
  • Percentage decrease in likelihood of youth with a CASA to re-enter foster care, compared to youth without a CASA, nationally:   50%
  • Fewer months a youth with a CASA is likely to spend in foster care than those without a CASA, nationally:   8

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Budget (FY2015)

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