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A publication of the National CASA Association, representing 1,055 program offices and 70,919 CASA volunteers serving 237,095 children nationwide.

The nationwide Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) movement mobilizes community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

CASA volunteers work for the judge to review and monitor cases of children who become part of the child protection system. CASA volunteers work closely with the child and family to bring an independent assessment of the case to court, recommending to the judge what is best for the child’s future.

CASA volunteers help prevent children from becoming “lost” in the child welfare system. They give children a chance to grow up in safe, permanent homes.

Britt Banks    President
Renne Bilson    Vice President
Michael Piraino    Chief Executive Officer
James Clune    Chief Communications Officer
Michael Mendelow    Managing Editor
Sharon Heiber    Contributing Editor
Brian Lew    Contributing Editor
Tom Vásquez Contributing Editor
Theresa Carleton    Archives and Graphics

The Connection is designed to keep CASA programs, volunteers and the public abreast of the latest news and developments affecting our work with abused and neglected children. Written contributions are welcome. Published quarterly by the National CASA Association.

The Connection is produced and paid for by the National CASA Association.

This project was supported by grants #2009-CH-BX-K006 and #2009-MU-MU-K003 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.

Unless otherwise noted, children in Connection photos are not from actual abuse and neglect cases. Stock images are for illustrative purposes only, and all people depicted are models.

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