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National CASA/GAL Association Membership and Accreditation and Training and Technical Assistance Program

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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.

Provider Organization

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Association (CASA/GAL)

Award Details

Services

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.

Audience

  • Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
  • Child Welfare Personnel
  • Community Members
  • Court Personnel
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Families
  • Judges
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Mentoring Professionals
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Prosecutors
  • School Personnel
  • Social Services
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Tribal Community
  • Volunteers
  • Youth
  • Youth Advocates
  • Youth Services Professionals

Eligibility

TTA is provided to state and local CASA/GAL organizations and other stakeholders upon request. Contact the National CASA/GAL Association for more information.

Website

https://nationalcasagal.org

  • 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
[email protected]
202–545–3309

  • Preventing Child Abuse, Neglect, and Victimization
  • Youth Development

 

Date Created: October 14, 2020