Who are the children CASA serves?

Answer

In 2018, 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).

2018 Child Demographics

Race and ethnicity of children served

  • Hispanic/Latino = 50%
  • Black/African-American = 26%
  • White = 17%
  • Bi-Racial/Multi-Racial = 5%
  • Asian/Asian-American = 1%
  • Other/Not Specified = 1%

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.

Ages and gender of children served

  • 0-4 = 30%
  • 5-13 = 50%
  • 14-17 = 17%
  • 18 and over = 3%
  • 50% male; 50% female

Learn about the different age groups we serve in our blog post, Advocacy Across the Ages.

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