In 2017, approximately 2,450 Austin area children were involved with CPS due to alleged abuse or neglect. These children have often been removed from everything familiar - home, family, friends and school - and find themselves in a world filled with social workers, lawyers, judges and courtrooms where life-altering decisions are made on their behalf.
CASA serves children from birth to 18 (and sometimes after 18 if they decide to stay in care, which they have the option to do until they’re 21).
2017 Child Demographics
Race and ethnicity of children served:
- Hispanic/Latino = 51%
- Black/African-American = 25%
- White = 16%
- Bi-Racial/Multi-Racial = 6%
- Asian/Asian-American = 1%
- Other/Not Specified = 1%
Ages and gender of children served:
- 0-4 = 27%
- 5-13 = 52%
- 14-17 = 17%
- 18 and over = 4%
- 51% male; 49% female
At this point in time CASA is automatically appointed to all children ages 4 and older, and occasionally appointed to younger children who are part of sibling groups or have higher need cases. This age limit is based on our capacity to recruit, screen, train and supervise CASA volunteers to take cases. Our goal is to serve all children in need. In 2018, through dedicated volunteer recruitment and fundraising efforts, we aim to begin accepting automatic appointments for children 3 and older this summer, and children 2 and older in the fall.
Learn about disproportionality, or the overrepresentation of children of color within the system, in our blog posts, What You Should Know About Disproportionality and Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System: An interview with Tanya Rollins.