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September 2015

In this issue of CASA/GAL News:

New Board of Trustees Executive Committee Members Appointed

At its meeting in August, the National CASA Association Board of Trustees appointed three additional members to the executive committee. Britt Banks, former National CASA Association Board President, has been appointed executive committee Secretary. Vicki Spriggs, CEO, Texas CASA, and Miki Woodard, CEO, Dr. Phil Foundation, have joined the executive committee as at-large members. Read More

Tara Perry Appointed Interim CEO of National CASA Association

While the executive search committee continues its work to find the next CEO of National CASA Association, Tara Perry, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed Interim CEO by the national board of trustees. In this role, Tara will continue to lead the organization through the transformation she has been instrumental in designing and implementing over the past 18 months at National CASA Association and throughout the CASA/GAL network. Read more.

Dear Abby Says “Volunteer for CASA Programs”

On August 26, 2015, CASA/GAL programs across the country got a lift in visibility. In a response to one of her readers, Abigail Van Buren issued a call to action in her highly syndicated Dear Abby Column to “become a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children through a program called CASA.” Dear Abby has a worldwide readership of more than 110 million, and is syndicated in most major market newspapers. Read More.

Combined Federal Campaign Season of Giving

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for 2015 is underway. The CFC is the largest workplace giving campaign in the world. It allows federal employees to support non-profit organizations through either a one-time gift or a payroll deduction. To support the National CASA Association through CFC, simply enter CFC #10370 on your pledge card during the fund drive. Learn More.

Judges Look at Tribal Issues in Dependency Court

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National CASA Association are partners in publishing The Judges’ Page. Both organizations are deeply committed to effective court advocacy for American Indian and Alaska Native children and families involved in dependency court proceedings. The current issue of The Judges’ Page addresses the importance of compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) from the legal as well as the cultural perspective. The issue provides effective educational tools for ICWA implementation and offers examples of collaborations between state and tribal courts. Read more.

CASA Volunteering Explained in Three Minute Video

Have you ever had a hard time explaining to a friend or coworker what a CASA volunteer does, or why someone should volunteer? CASA of Travis County has just made telling this story easier with a new video. A special thank you to The For the City Network in Austin, Texas, for donating the production of this wonderful public education piece. Read More.

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