Registration for the 25th annual statewide CASA conference is open!  Click the “2017 Conference” link above to see information about sessions, keynotes, deeply discounted hotel rates and most importantly, register to attend!

Help us a measure the collective impact of CASA volunteers across Washington State!

Each year, CASA volunteers advocate for over 6,500 children across Washington State, and very little is known about the collective impact of all of your work on the overall outcomes for children in care.  Next week, Washington State CASA will embark on a new endeavor to further prove the value of a CASA volunteer in a child’s life.  Our “Day of Data” project is derived from a similar project underway in Colorado, and a few of you may have already participated in our limited pilot projects in King and Pierce County.

How it will work:

We’re asking all volunteers to submit responses to a brief survey about some of the key aspects of EACH child for whom they advocated over the past 6 months of the case.  All questions are multiple choice, and we approximate it will take you 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey.

Some of the questions include:

  • How many times has the child changed placement over the past 6 months?
  • Where is the child currently placed?
  • Does the child have an IEP?
  • Does the child participate in extra-curricular activities?

Click here to see a full version of the study questionnaire.

One survey per child, please, but feel free to enter a survey for each child for whom you advocate.

We’ll send a link to survey at the start of next week once it goes live, and we’ll also send out the announcement via our Facebook page and our newsletter subscribers   The survey will be open all of next week — September 24 – 30th.  On October 1, we’ll hold a drawing for a a free conference registration and hotel accommodations to our annual conference Nov 4th and 5th at the Vancouver Hilton!

Participation in the survey is voluntary, of course.  But the more completed surveys we have, the better able we will be able to effectively communicate CASA impact on the children we serve to legislators, policy makers, funders and decision makers.