Master of Arts (MA)
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The effectiveness of permanency planning, which refers to efforts to move children through the court system in a timely and efficient manner, was analyzed by comparing outcome and process measures among a group of children having a court appointed special advocate (CASA) ordered and assigned to their case, a group of children who had CASA services ordered, but never assigned to their case (CONA), and a group of children who never had a CASA ordered nor assigned to their case (NO CASA). It was found that those cases having CASA involvement had significantly fewer placements, tended to be more likely to achieve permanency, and tended to spend less overall time under wardship of the court. However the more activities a CASA did, in terms of the process measures, related to a longer time under wardship of the court, a greater number of placements, and less likelihood of achieving permanency.
Advocates; Appointed; Assist; Casas; Child; Child Placement; Court; Effectiveness; Permanency; Placement; Planning; Special
Social service; Public policy; Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Calkins, Cynthia Ann, "The effectiveness of court appointed special advocates (Casas) to assist in permanency planning" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3314.