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Award Title:  National CASA Association - Training, Technical Assistance and Membership Program

Award Description:

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 Advocates (CASA) Program, OJJDP seeks to ensure that abused and neglected children receive high quality representation in dependency court hearings. The grantee will provide: (1) membership, accreditation, and subgrants to regional, state, and local CASA organizations who represent abused and neglected children in dependency hearings and will partner with other public and private child welfare system stakeholders at the local, state, regional, and national levels; and (2) information, technical assistance, and training to volunteer advocates who represent abused and neglected children in dependency hearings and to other child welfare system stakeholders at the local, state, regional, and national levels. National CASA supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that every child can be safe, establish permanence, and have the opportunity to thrive. In 2014, 949 state organizations and CASA programs in 49 states and the District of Columbia recruited, rained, and supervised volunteers. They work individually with 251,165 children to ensure that the child welfare system, and the courts meet their best interests. Re-entry studies have demonstrated the life-changing impact of the CASA model: children are far ss likely to languish in foster care, or re-enter the system after their cases have been dismissed, and more likely to receive needed services. When they cannot be safely returned to their parents, they are more likely to be adopted. The CASA nationwide network currently has the capacity to serve just 40% of abused and neglected children in need of advocacy. To expand volunteer advocacy to more children, National CASA provides funding through grants, technical assistance, training and awareness/outreach to local and state CASA organizations, and offers a system to ensure that programs maintain the highest level of quality service. Funding provided by OJJDP focuses on providing these important resources to the CASA network. Results will be measured by growth in the number of children served and volunteers recruited, screened, trained, and activated, as well as greater diversity in volunteers to more closely match the children they serve. No portion of the project budget will be used to conduct research, as described by OJJDP in the “Invitation to Apply,” Project Evaluations section. CA/NCF

Awardee Name:  National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association Award Number: 2015-CH-BX-K001
Solicitation Title:  OJJDP FY 15 Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Membership and Accreditation Program and Training and Technical Assistance Fiscal Year: 2015
Supplement Number: 00 Amount:  $5,223,058
Earmark: No Recovery: No
State/Territory: WA County: King
Congressional District: 07 Award Status: Closed