Since 1979 Children In Placement, a statewide program, has pursued its mission to facilitate judicial review of cases involving abused and neglected children so that each child in Connecticut realizes a safe and permanent home.
As a CASA program, our volunteers are recognized in the federal law for their representation of children. The National CASA organization is endorsed by the American Bar Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Office of Juvenile Justice, and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The most recent study from the US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, confirms earlier studies on the impact of CASA volunteers.
- First, both children and their parents receive more services, indicating that CASA volunteers are effective in identifying the needs of children and parents and the courts are willing to order those services as a result.
- Second, cases involving a CASA volunteer are more likely to be permanently closed (i.e., the children are successfully placed and do not reenter the child welfare system).
Children In Placement has been recognized with these and other community awards.
- Greater New Haven Association of Volunteer Administrators
- The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs
- Recognized for outstanding leadership in a Communities of Color initiative, supported by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Empower New Haven
- Community Service Award from Elm City Clubs
- The Marrakesh, Inc. Founders Award