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Resolution Regarding the Use of CASA Volunteers In Domestic Relations Custody Cases

(Adopted September 25, 1999)

WHEREAS, the mission of the National CASA Association is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court; and

WHEREAS, the primary focus of National CASA, and all of the training, technical assistance and financial support provided by National CASA, involve volunteer advocacy in child protection abuse and neglect cases in the juvenile courts, and

WHEREAS, some National CASA member programs, with the highest motives of commitment to children in need, have provided volunteer child advocacy in private child custody disputes in other courts; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary and desirable that National CASA establish a policy regarding the use of CASA and guardian ad litem volunteers in other child custody proceedings;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

(1) The Board of Directors of National CASA hereby reaffirms that the primary role of CASA and guardian ad litem volunteers is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile court child protection proceedings; and

(2) Current National CASA funding for training and technical assistance, and all presently available federal funding of National CASA, will be devoted exclusively to advocacy for children in child protection abuse and neglect cases in juvenile courts; and

(3) Once a National CASA member program has evaluated its ability to fulfill the primary CASA mission, that program is not prohibited from choosing to provide child advocacy in private child custody disputes where there are issues of abuse or neglect. As a condition of affiliation with National CASA, such programs must demonstrate that volunteers doing this work are receiving supervision, the core CASA training, and additional training in order to handle these cases with the equivalent level of expertise expected of CASA and guardian ad litem volunteers in child protection abuse and neglect cases in juvenile court.


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