The Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 contains provisions that support efforts to ensure that all abused and neglected children involved in dependency proceedings have access to a court-appointed special advocate. Through the Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) program, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) seeks to ensure that abused and neglected children receive high-quality best interest advocacy in dependency court and the child welfare system, resulting in the child’s placement in a permanent home, with a preference for placement with the child’s family of origin, if safely possible.
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Association (CASA/GAL)
The National CASA/GAL Association provides:
- Subgrants to state and local organizations to support their efforts in carrying out the CASA/GAL mission.
- Training and professional development for program staff and volunteers including the National Volunteer Pre-Service Training Curriculum and significant continuing education resources.
- Standards for local programs and state organizations; and a system of review to assure quality while identifying areas in which programs can improve.
- Technical assistance in all areas of program operation including working with volunteers, program management, governance, and issue resolution.
- Public awareness and volunteer recruitment materials including PSAs; radio, print, and out-of-home advertising materials; photo and video assets; business collateral; and design templates, all of which are key elements in volunteer recruitment and retention.
- Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
- Child Welfare Personnel
- Community Members
- Court Personnel
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Mental Health Professionals
- Mentoring Professionals
- Nonprofit Organizations
- School Personnel
- Social Services
- Substance Abuse Professionals
- Tribal Community
- Youth Advocates
- Youth Services Professionals
TTA is provided to state and local CASA/GAL organizations and other stakeholders upon request. Contact the National CASA/GAL Association for more information.
- Training and professional development webinars and resource materials for program staff and volunteers.
- Standards for local programs and state organizations and a system of review.
- Technical assistance resources in areas of program operation including working with volunteers, program management, governance and issue resolution.
- Public awareness and volunteer recruitment materials for local programs and state organizations including PSAs, radio, print, and out-of-home advertising materials, photo and video assets, business collateral and design templates.
- General information for the public about the CASA/GAL network and the children and families we serve.
Sally Wilson Erny
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
- Preventing Child Abuse, Neglect, and Victimization
- Youth Development