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Advocacy and Public Policy Update

In collaboration with CASA member partners, the National CASA Association advocates for CASA/GAL work with abused and neglected children by serving as a resource for Members of Congress and government officials, and using our expansive national influence to urge support of CASA Advocacy and partnering with other child welfare organizations. National CASA is also available to assist with government advocacy on the state and local level. Contact Cynthia Smith, Chief Legal and Advocacy Officer, for more information.

FY 2016 Appropriations

UPDATE: The House Appropriations Committee passed the CJP spending bill, HR 2578, on May 19, without increasing the appropriation for CASA above the current $6 million level. The process was very partisan, and many programs had their funding cut or eliminated. Hill staff say the collaborative work of National CASA and the network helped our $6 million in funding stay in the House bill.

Next, the bill will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives, which will likely happen in early June. It is unlikely our funding will be increased in the spending bill at that stage, when larger political battles will be fought. We have started working on boosting our federal funding in the Senate, which will start the CJS appropriation process soon after the House takes action. Watch for more opportunities to participate!

HR 2578 Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.

CommitteeReport, lists CASA on page 47 


In collaboration with CASA member partners, National CASA is urging Congress to fully fund the FY 2016 appropriation to the Department of Justice for CASA at the authorized level of $12 million. Members of Congress from across the nation have supported full funding for CASA by including the appropriation in their programmatic requests for FY 2016 and/or signing the House Dear Colleague Letter to appropriators, led by Rep. Bass (D-CA), or the Senate DearColleague letter co-led by Senators Peters (D-MI) and Ayotte (R-NH). Members of Congress who signed the letters are listed here.

Congressional offices were alerted to opportunity to show their support for the restored appropriation through a combination of personal visits, emails and calls from state and local CASA/GAL programs and CASA supporters. More than 3,500 emails to Capitol Hill were generated through the new National CASA Advocacy Alert system!

The latest National CASA Alerts for Action on full federal funding for CASA for FY 2016 can be found here.

National CASA also submitted written Testimony to the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittees of both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, to urge for full funding as they conduct their budget hearings process.

 

The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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