Youth served by CASA DC fall almost entirely into communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Nearly 100% are children of color; many are foster kids; all have intersected with the child welfare or juvenile justice system. The stay-at-home order gave families little reprieve from the stressors of parenting: isolated, with minimal access to outside individuals, or school, or other supports, children face a higher risk of abuse and neglect. Typically, CASA volunteers build strong relationships with children, social workers, and attorneys, attend court hearings, recommend placements to judges, and help connect youth to education, housing, and jobs. They continue to serve as emotional grounding rods to ensure well-being, and to provide, remotely as needed, positive resources and engagement including workshops to support skill-building, exposure to engaging activities, and opportunities for outdoor recreation until the world and the courts reopen.

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)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for CASA for Children of DC is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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