State & Local Programs

Resources for CASA/GAL Programs

Annual Survey: National CASA local programs which are required to complete an annual survey should have received a notification that the survey is open and instructions to access it. The deadline for completion is March 6.

New Judges’ Page: Trauma-Informed Dependency Courts: The Winter 2015 Judges’ Page Newsletter is now available on This issue contains 12 articles that explain how judges and courts can lead the effort to implement trauma-informed policies, practices and services in dependency court systems.

Conference Registration Open: Registration is now open for the 2015 National CASA Conference! Get all the information at

Information about National CASA reorganization: Reminder: You can find all available information about the National CASA transition at (login required).

ShopCASA: Purchase CASA-branded promotional items and marketing materials from vendor 3dASAP.

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Network Spotlight: The Peer Coordinator Model

In September 2010 the first class of peer coordinators was trained at CASA of Maricopa County, AZ. As of December 31, 2013 a total of 428 peer coordinators nationwide were actively supporting volunteer advocates. They are coaching, guiding and mentoring advocates across the county. 2015 is shaping up to be a “break out” year for the use of the peer coordinator model in the network.

Over the last year several programs using the peer coordinator model have initiated internal reviews, evaluations, and surveys of their successes and challenges with the model.

Read their results and reflections on the model in this new article.

This National CASA spotlight is the next in a series of articles generated or suggested by National CASA regional program officers. This month’s author is Michael Heaton, National CASA Program Officer for the Western Region. In future months, we’ll continue to share information about program innovations and best practices from around the network. If you have news to share, please contact your RPO or email the National CASA Communications Department.

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