CASA of Yellowstone County’s Role in Child Abuse Prevention
- Children with a CASA Volunteer Advocate during their time in foster care are
- More likely to be adopted into a safe home
- Half as likely to re-enter foster care due to additional abuse or neglect
- Score better on protective factors including: neighborhood resources, interested adults, ability to work with others and ability to work out conflicts than their peers in foster care without an Advocate
- Children with a CASA Volunteer Advocate are less likely to abuse or neglect their own children
- In 2008 the pinwheel was introduced as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. The pinwheel is a physical reminder of happy, whimsical childhoods that every child deserves.
- We all play a role
- From business owners to neighbors to advocates we all influence and play a role in the lives of children and their parents. Everyday is an invitation and opportunity to make changes in our lives to better the lives of those in need.
- Children are our future
- When children and parents don’t have the resources, education and support for healthy growth and development we put our community’s future at risk. Research shows that children who are raised in supportive and stable environments are more academically and financially successful. Great childhoods help us grow into productive, contributing adults who help our community, and our country, be prosperous and competitive in the global economy.
- The costs are too high
- Investing in healthy child development is an investment in community and economic development
- Effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect has the potential to save taxpayers billions of dollars through foster care services, health services, mental health treatment and law enforcement costs.
How Can You Help?
- Share our organization and mission with your circles of influence
- Attend an info session to see if you would be a could fit as an Advocate
- Donate and/or Purchase Pinwheels to display at your home or place of work
- Invite us to speak to your congregation, service group, business or other groups
- Report any suspected child abuse or neglect
What to do with the Pinwheels
- Display on your desk
- Plant a garden in your yard
- Display a bouquet at work or home
- Plant a display in front of your business, church or school
How to Raise Awareness
- Share the meaning with your co-workers, clients and visitors
- Direct any inquires to CASA of Yellowstone County
Where Your Dollars Go
- 80% of all donations are used for the direct advocacy of nearly 400 children
- 1 year of advocacy for 1 child costs $1,098.13