Although these statistics pertain to Foster Children, Foster Care is rarely the reason behind them. Childhood trauma, which these children bring with them into care, has detrimental, long-term affects, if the appropriate services are not provided to children who have experienced it.

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42% of Foster Children will not graduate from High School

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97% of Foster Children will not graduate from College

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75% of students in Foster Care are performing below grade level

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Teen girls in Foster Care are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by the age of 19

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65% of children in long-term Foster Care will develop a mental illness

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In some parts of the Country, over 80% of inmates were former Foster Children

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50% of children with a CASA/GAL Volunteer will not re-enter Foster Care, but live in a safe and permanent home

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CASA/GAL Volunteers decrease the risk of Foster Children entering Juvenile Detention by 45%

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Children served by a CASA/GAL Volunteer are 8 times more likely to graduate High School

“CASA/GAL Volunteers drastically improve the outcomes of children in Foster Care, more than any other individual working in Child Protection.”

“Because of her dedication, I was given a second chance. She helped keep me out of Juvie and helped me realize that my future was up to me – not my past.”

“Without the CASA/GAL Program, most of these children would be lost in an over-burdened system. These volunteers can literally save these kids.”

“The one constant I see in children’s lives is the CASA/GAL Volunteer. I thank them for all the things they have taught me about being a better judge and about being a better human being.” ~Judge Robert Brutinel