Ocmulgee Casa - A Powerful Voice In A Child's Life

National Child Abuse and Neglect
--There are 794,000 confirmed reports of child abuse and neglect each year; on average, 80% of the time the biological parents are responsible.
--4 children die everyday from child abuse and neglect.
--Over 500,000 children are in foster care.
--Children who suffer abuse or neglect are 53% more likely to become juvenile delinquents, 38% more likely to be arrested as adults and 38% more likely to become violent criminals.
--The economic cost of child abuse is estimated to be $104 billion per year.

National CASA
--Over 900 CASA programs exist with over 68,000 CASA volunteers.
--Over 2 million children have been served since CASA was founded in 1977.
--About 70% more children need a CASA volunteer.

Georgia Child Abuse and Neglect
--Every day, over 40 children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect.
--220 incidents of child abuse and neglect are reported daily.
--60 children died from abuse and neglect in 2007.
--On any given day, about 8,500 children are in the foster care system.
--About 16,300 children came through the foster care system during state fiscal year 2009.

Georgia CASA
--In fiscal year 2009, over 8,700 children were served by over 2,000 CASA volunteers.
--Of the approximately 19,400 children that came through the foster care system in state fiscal year 2008, 7,521 had a CASA volunteer.
--Of the approximately 8,700 children in foster care on any given day in state fiscal year 2009, 4,864 had a CASA volunteer.
--48 CASA programs serve 135 counties and 47 of the 49 judicial circuits.