CASA of Franklin County is funded through foundation, individual and corporate support. Our signature fundraising event helps to support our mission: Speak Up For Children Breakfast.
Does CASA have a strategic plan?
CASA of Franklin County is driven by fresh board approved Strategic, Marketing and Development Plans. The Strategic Plan identifies recruitment and retention of volunteers, especially male and minority volunteers, as a top priority in order to serve more child victims of severe abuse and neglect. CASA is positioned to have an enormous impact in our community, increase awareness and advocacy about child abuse and neglect, resulting in more volunteers.
How do CASA GALs benefit abused children?
Research shows that abused and neglected children who experience the positive CASA volunteer GAL relationship are less likely to: a) abuse substances; b) commit child abuse or family violence as adults; c) become violent criminals; d) suffer from mental illness; e) repeat a grade; and f) be incarcerated.
How many children does CASA serve?
In Franklin County, over 3,300 children are in the Juvenile Court System. In 2015, the CASA program served a record breaking 831 children (or 23%) and 380 families by providing 239 highly-trained volunteer GALs. CASA’s ability to serve more children is limited by the number of volunteers we are able to recruit, train and retain.
What do CASA volunteers do?
Ohio law requires courts to appoint either a private attorney or a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for innocent child victims of abuse. CASA volunteers complete an extensive screening and training process and are officially sworn in as officers of the court. CASA exists to serve the most at-risk and severe cases of child abuse/neglect in the community. These children come from extreme circumstances with high needs requiring individualized attention. No other organization trains volunteers to advocate for children involved in violent abuse and severe neglect in Franklin County. A CASA GAL represents the child’s voice in court as a consistent advocate for the child’s basic needs and services while collaborating with community partners to form a strong family support network.
What is CASA's mission?
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County’s mission is to provide a powerful and consistent voice in court for the innocent child victims of abuse and neglect.