PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA recruits and trains community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children, birth to 18 years of age. CASA volunteers safeguard the interests of Butler County’s most vulnerable children – children whose situations are so threatening, that they are referred to the protective jurisdiction of the courts. Reports of child abuse, especially related to parental drug use, have escalated over the past several years and hundreds of abused and neglected children in Butler County find themselves in foster care and family court systems each year. The average child will spend nearly 2 years in foster care and may change homes 3 times before permanent placement is determined. PARACHUTE trains community volunteers who help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. One year of CASA advocacy cost less than one month of foster care. CASA programs change lives and give hope for a brighter future. A child with a CASA volunteer is half as likely to re-enter the foster care system and more likely to succeed in school and receive services to heal from their trauma than children without a CASA volunteer.