Things I Learned at CASA
I have recently finished up thirty hours of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) training and another 12 hours of training on dealing with older kids in the foster care system. I has been long and tedious but we made it through alive. I have come out a more enlightened person and now, like a bodisatva, I am here to pass some of that information on to you.
- The average meth lab costs $3,000-5,000 to clean up. That money comes from tax payers. (North Little Rock Police)
- In 2005 5,240 kids were removed from homes due to neglect, 1,873 for physical abuse and 2037 for sexual abuse. (Arkansas DHS Statistical Report)
- In 2006 ca. 5,600 kids in maltreatment cases were under the age of 11. 2,000 were between 12 and 15. (Ibid)
- 50.5% of foster kids are girls and 49.5% are boys (2006 Arkansas DHHS Statistical Report)
- 57% are white, 28% are Black, 5% are Hispanic. (ibid)
- Hitting any part of the head and washing a kid’s mouth out with soap are considered child abuse in the state of Arkansas, (Arkansas Department of Human Services child Maltreatment Assessment Protocol)
- Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-482-5964
- In 2006 there were 50,640 calls to the Abuse Hotline and 28,004 became abuse cases.
Hope you enjoy that info, I think there is more to come soon