About Our Organization
The mission of Children in Placement/CASA of CT is to facilitate effective judicial review of children and families involved in court proceedings where neglect, abuse, and other risks are alleged in order to promote a safe, permanent home for children in Connecticut.
In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. Out of this need, Children in Placement-CT, Inc./CASA of Connecticut was born. Since 1979, CIP has worked towards its goal of a safe and permanent home for every child in Connecticut. Starting as a pilot program in Hartford, our network has grown to cover 11 of Connecticut’s 12 juvenile courts and many of the probate courts as well. CIP has trained hundreds of volunteers and represented thousands of children in the Connecticut court system. Read more.
2016 Annual Report
Last year, our amazing volunteers advocated for nearly 300 children who were victims of abuse and neglect. See our Annual Report for more details.
CASA Volunteers Make a Difference
Research indicates that children with a CASA volunteer are significantly less likely to languish in long-term foster care and are also less likely to re-enter foster care later. Click here to learn more.
National CASA: Part of a Larger Network
We are not alone in this work. National CASA supports nearly 77,000 volunteers from almost 1,000 state and local programs like Children in Placement. Here is how CASAs across the country have made a difference this past year: