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Kappa Alpha Theta CASA/GAL Program Director of the Year Award

Angie Waters
Executive Director, CASA of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, New Jersey

When Kappa Alpha Theta adopted National CASA Association as its philanthropy in 1989, the fraternity of women and its foundation elected to also recognize the hard work of CASA/GAL program directors. The recipient of this award is someone who has taken significant actions to establish or expand a CASA/GAL program.

Angie Waters started the CASA of Atlantic & Cape May Counties program 16 years ago—in her living room. From day one, Angie has been the catalyst for the organization’s tremendous growth.

Angie demonstrated her strong and steady leadership in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The storm hit three days before the program’s marquee fundraising event, forcing the program to cancel the fundraiser and take an immediate $50,000 loss in funding. Even with the issues looming over the organization, her first concern was for everyone’s safety—children and volunteers—and once she knew everyone was safe, she went to work making sure that the organization could expand its service to the community during that difficult time.

CASA of Cape May and Atlantic Counties became the first program in New Jersey to implement the peer coordinator model, after consultations and feedback from the program’s stakeholders. Angie’s initiative paid off—the program experienced a 50 percent increase in children served in the first two and half years after the shift. The program expects to serve 100 percent of children before the court by 2020.

Angie is deeply admired by staff members, board members, and community stakeholders. She has developed strong partnerships with family court judges, attorneys, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, as well as with a wide variety of corporate and private partners.

With Angie’s leadership, staff, advocates, and the program’s board of trustees work in unison to ensure the best available outcomes for the children in care.

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