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 the opportunity to thrive.
The National CASA Association and our network of nearly 1,000 local community programs support volunteers serving children. The role of local CASA programs is to recruit, train and support these volunteers in their work with abused children.
Role of the National CASA Association: The National CASA Association offers critical leadership and support to provide quality advocacy and leads the continued growth of the CASA network. Some of our specific activities:
- Training & Curriculum: The National CASA Association creates new, research-based training opportunities, such as our new e-learning series on educational advocacy, and continuously improves our core volunteer training curriculum. Learn more about the curriculum goals and download an excerpt.
- 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 a self-assessment process, which measures their compliance with National CASA Association standards, once every four years.
- Volunteer Recruitment and Public Awareness: We coordinate national campaigns to help recruit CASA volunteers and raise awareness about child abuse.
- Resource Development and Grants: The National CASA Association provides 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.