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CASA is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for a child's right to be safe, treated with dignity, and learn and grow in the security of a loving family (NCASA 2011).
We are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, a volunteer-powered network of committed people- from all walks of life- who believe society has a fundamental obligation to these children. We are people just like you who believe that every child has the right to be treated with dignity, to be safe, and to thrive in the embrace of a loving family.
Children who suffer abuse or neglect are 53 percent more likely to become juvenile delinquents, 38 percent more likely to be arrested as adults, and 38 percent more likely to become violent criminals, according to a study conducted for the National Institute of Justice. What’s more, abused and neglected children are involved in delinquency and criminal activity earlier, commit more offenses, and more often become chronic or repeat offenders. Abused children also have lower IQs and reading ability, higher rates of unemployment, more low-paying jobs and higher rates of suicide attempts.
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