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"Kids in Foster Care Get Much-Needed Support from Court-Appointed Special Advocates"

March 2014

Washington Post columnist John Kelly writes about Maryland CASA volunteer Diane Baker and her work with a young woman who has spent the last six years in foster care: "This story begins five years ago, on the day Diane Baker met a 13-year-old girl who seemed not to have a friend in the world. Her family life in shambles, the girl had just entered foster care in Montgomery County." Read the Washington Post column.

Foster Kids Lose Months of Academic Progress with Each Move

February 2014

National CASA spokesperson Jimmy Wayne shares his story in an Atlantic magazine article about the effects of foster care on children's academic achievement. Read the Atlantic magazine article.

"Fresh Eyes to Help Foster Children"

February 2014

Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss writes about the CASA program as an overlooked solution to some of the problems plaguing our troubled child welfare system. Read the Boston Globe column.

Three Little Words Author to Deliver Keynote Address at National Conference

January 2014

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, author of the best-selling memoir Three Little Words, which is currently being made into a major motion picture, will be delivering the opening keynote address at the 2014 National CASA Conference. The conference takes place June 7-10 in Grapevine, TX. Read more about Ashley and other conference offerings.

Afghanistan Veteran Launches Fundraising Campaign on Veterans Day

November 2013

Through the Healing Heroes Project, Washington State National Guard soldier Eugene Quitevis is recuperating from a recent deployment to Afghanistan and raising awareness of the need for CASA volunteers to support vulnerable children. Eugene says: I have the opportunity to address some personal challenges, find my voice, and dedicate new energy toward positive social change.

Learn how you can support Eugene and CASA for Children.  

CEO Michael Piraino Featured on National Council on Crime & Delinquency Blog

November 2013

National CASA CEO Michael Piraino authored a guest blog as part of an NCCD feature on the topic of courts and child welfare. Read it now.

Author Tom North Pledges Support to End Child Abuse

November 2013

Award-winning author Tom North has become an official supporter of the National CASA Association. North is supporting National CASA by donating a portion of the sales of his new memoir, True North - The Shocking Truth About "Yours, Mine and Ours," to help increase the number of trained CASA volunteers across the country. Read the press release.

CASA Volunteer Selected to Compete for NASCAR Humanitarian Award

October 2013

On October 1, the NASCAR Foundation announced the four finalists for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Among them is New Hampshire CASA volunteer Lisa Hall. Lisa will receive $25,000 to give to the charity of her choice for being selected as a finalist, and $100,000 if she wins the popular vote.

National CASA Book Club: To the End of June

September 2013

Beginning October 2, members of the CASA community — staff, advocates, board members and supporters — will be participating in an online book club reading of To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care.

Each Wednesday between October 2 - November 6 we'll post a discussion question on the National CASA Facebook page.

We'll wrap the book club up with a "live" chat with author Cris Beam in mid-November (date TBA).  

Children Receive Toys at Events in NJ and Indianapolis

July 2013

Children in Essex County, NJ, and Indianapolis, IN, are receiving thousands of toys at events held in July. The donation and events are part of a national partnership between The National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association and the Toy Industry Foundation. The Toy Industry Foundation is providing National CASA and regional CASA programs with $200,000 to support their valuable advocacy efforts, along with more than 25,000 toys this year.

National CASA Statement on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Decision

June 26, 2013

Tuesday's 5-4 decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl the United States Supreme Court upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), but reversed and remanded this case back to the South Carolina to determine whether this particular father's parental rights could be terminated.

CASA for Children joined 15 other national child welfare organizations in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the father and ICWA, and remains committed to Native families and the appropriate application of ICWA in child welfare cases.

“While we are disappointed this decision does not yet bring closure for baby Veronica, there is still no question of ICWA’s role as the most important law to protect Native children and families,” said Michael Piraino, CEO, CASA for Children. “ICWA recognizes best practices that benefit all children and protects Indian families from the unfair removal of their children.” 

Jewelers for Children Renews Commitment to CASA for Children

June 2013

At their annual Facets of Hope gala on June 2, Jewelers for Children, the industry organization of jewelry retailers, manufacturers, watch companies and trade associations, announced that it would continue its support of National CASA and CASA programs throughout the country with a $500,000 contribution in 2013. Jewelers for Children is the leading private supporter of the National CASA Association and its member programs. Through its Champions for Abused Children Initiative, the organization has contributed more than $7.4 million since 2003.

National CASA Association and the Toy Industry Foundation Launch National Partnership with Volunteer Event

April 2013

National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association and the Toy Industry Foundation have partnered at the national level to provide toys and increase the number of trained CASA volunteers to benefit children in the foster care system. The Toy Industry Foundation has not only provided National CASA and regional CASA programs with $200,000 to support their valuable advocacy efforts, but will also donate more than 25,000 toys this year. The launch of this partnership will take place at the Toy Industry Foundation’s Play Your Part volunteer event on Friday, April 5 in Los Angeles, CA. Read the press release.

National CASA Partners with Smile for a Lifetime

March 2013

The Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (S4L), an international nonprofit organization that provides orthodontic care and free braces to underserved children with financial challenges and special orthodontic needs,has partnered with the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association to help S4L chapters throughout North America find qualified applicants for their local orthodontic scholarship programs. Through S4L’s partnership with National CASA, young people who are served by the 946 CASA programs across the country will have the opportunity to learn about S4L and apply for its orthodontic treatment scholarships. Read the press release announcing the partnership. 

Toy Industry Foundation Supports CASA Cause with a $200,000 Donation

November 2012

Toy Industry Foundation announced a new commitment to improving the lives of abused and neglected children with a $200,000 gift to CASAforChildren.

Toy Industry Foundation funds will be used to encourage contributions to the CASA cause, increase the public’s familiarity with the work of CASA volunteers, and provide funds and training to CASA programs throughout the country. The joint venture will also involve toy distribution events.

Read the press release announcing this new partnership. (493 KB PDF)

"We Can Do Better: Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

September 2012

National CASA CEO Michael Piraino discusses data related to educational outcomes for youth in foster care in this Huffington Post blog.

"The Presidential Candidate Scorecard on Children's Issues"

September 2012


National CASA CEO Michael Piraino makes a case for encouraging the presidential candidates to invest in children in this Huffington Post blog.


"Unfair! What About Older Foster Youth and Their Families?"

August 2012

National CASA CEO Michael Piraino discusses the newly released annual adoption and foster care report issued by the federal government in his latest Huffington Post blog.

CASA Launches Online Training to Boost Volunteer Recruitment

August 2012

National CASA's new volunteer training curriculum, which combines classroom and online study, was featured in an article in the Colorado Springs Business Journal. CASA of the Pikes Peak Region Executive Director Trudy Strewler Hodges says the new format has substantially increased the number of people training to become volunteer advocates. Development of the curriculum was funded by the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Read the article.

"CASA Program Gives Children a Voice"

April 2012

Good News, a publication of Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, describes the important role of CASA volunteers: "I think the CASA’s role is to push the system to work as it should,” said Julie Lowery, dependency supervisor at the Pierce County Juvenile Court. “CASAs really have the potential to change outcomes for children because they are looking at the situation from the child’s point of view.” Read the article.

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