State & Local Programs



The goal of our local and state standards is to establish requirements that we believe will assure quality while allowing individual organizations room for creativity and innovation. Administrative and program staff must weigh how to create efficiencies and effectiveness to arrive at the highest quality advocacy on behalf of the children they serve, related to their models, governing structure and legislated constraints.  It is expected that programs make decisions related to best practices with continual reflection and evaluation of outcomes for children.

A set of quality standards to measure a program’s operations demonstrate that an organization:

  • Respects and protects the children it serves
  • Utilizes established policies and procedures necessary for effective management
  • Manages its financial affairs prudently and is committed to the principles of public disclosure
  • Continually evaluates its services and operations

Our standards provide a framework for quality program management. A primary goal and guiding principle of the quality assurance system is to strengthen organizations and ultimately support their efforts to provide high quality child advocacy and achieve the maximum level of excellence.   



Comment Period Closed for State Highly Effective Continuum

Thank you to everyone who provided input on the state highly effective continuum by the deadline of Oct. 22. We will now finalize this document as part of preparing to implement the highly effective state review process beginning in 2019.  

Proposed State Highly Effective Continuum
This is the Word file that was disseminated and is being finalized based on input received.

Here are the slides and audio recording from a Sept. 25 webinar explaining the state continuum. 


Local Standards Comment Period Closed

Thank you to everyone who commented on the updated draft of the local standards, accompanied by the draft technical guidance. We appreciate the input as we now  work to finalize these documents and prepare for implementation of these standards. We will report back!

Network Announcement
This is a brief overview about the comment period. 

Proposed Local Standards With Technical Guidance
This is the Word file that was disseminated for input and will now be updated based on feedback to prepare for final review and approval.  

Aug. 3 Community Call Materials
Slides    Audio Recording 


Standards and Policies 

The new state standards became effective September 25, 2018. State organizations must begin to adhere to these new standards. Local programs must continue to adhere to the 2012 local standards until the newly developed standards are officially released and made effective for the network.


Here are slides and the audio recording from a Oct. 12 network webinar discussing these new documents in more detail.


National CASA Core Model (effective September 2018)

Highly Effective State Organization (effective September 2018)

Role of National CASA (effective September 2018)

Role of a State Organization (effective September 2018)

Role of Local Programs (effective September 2018)

Board Policy-State Membership Categories (effective September 2018)


Communications Materials About September Release of New Standards and Policies

Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions


Local Standards for CASA/GAL Organizations

Standards for Local CASA GAL Programs 2012 Edition (600 KB PDF)

Indicators of Compliance Examples

State Standards for CASA/GAL Organizations

Standards for State CASA/GAL Organizations (1.28 MB PDF) (effective September 2018)

National CASA Protocols

National CASA Resource Development Protocol (94.79 KB PDF)

National CASA Government Relations Protocol (65.70 KB PDF)

Related Documents

Using Online Video Applications: Rules for use of online video chat technology in conducting CASA work (revised 4/2014)

National CASA Graphic Standards (2 MB PDF)


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