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Organizational Profile

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive.

The National CASA Association and our network of nearly 950 local community programs support volunteers serving children. The role of local CASA programs is to recruit, train and support these volunteers in their work.

The National CASA Association offers critical leadership and support, and leads the continued growth of the CASA network. Some of our specific activities:

  • Training and Curriculum: We create new, research-based training opportunities, such as our e-learning series on educational advocacy, and continuously improve our core volunteer training curriculum.
  • Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance: We offer extensive technical assistance to help programs serve more children more effectively, and a set of standards that provide a framework for quality program management. Each state organization and local program participates in an assessment process.
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Public Awareness: We coordinate national campaigns to help recruit CASA volunteers and raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.
  • Resource Development and Grants: We provide pass-through funding to local and state CASA/GAL programs. Grant funding comes primarily from the Department of Justice, but also from private corporations and foundations.

Additional Information



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