CASA of Franklin County receives certification of compliance from National CASA for high standards
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County program has been awarded, yet again, certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA of Franklin County is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.
According to Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association, “The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf. This certification says CASA of Frankin County has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their community.”
CASA of Frankin County was started in 1991. CASA of Franklin County served 831 children in Franklin County in 2015 that had been victims of abuse and neglect (375 families). CASA has over 230 trained volunteer Guardians ad Litem and hope to train another 90 in 2016. For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer Guardian ad Litem please contact Molly Seguin, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com.
About the National CASA Association
In 1976, concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court, helping to ensure that they will live in a safe and loving environment. So successful was this Seattle program, that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA/GAL with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today, there are more than 950 National CASA member programs across the country, with more than 70,000 men and women serving as CASA or Guardian ad Litem volunteers.
CASA of Franklin County is privileged to be the recipient of a Safelite AutoGlass Impact Grant for 2015! We are grateful for the support of the foundation again this year and for the support of CASA Board Member Reuben Lo, Vice President and General Manager of the Safelite Group. Thank you Safelite!
Congratulations to Irene Alvarez!
Irene, Director of Marketing and Communications, Columbus 2020 and member of the CASA Board of Trustees has been chosen in Columbus Business First 2015 class of up-and-coming professionals and community leaders as part of its annual Forty Under 40 awards. We are grateful for your service to CASA and to the CASA children!
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“It is all about helping the children who can’t help themselves…and how we could help more of them with the special way CASA watches over them and helps the judges decide what is best for their lives – we need more volunteers.” – Kathy Kerr, CASA Executive Director
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