State & Local Programs

Network-Wide Comment Period

National CASA is seeking your input on two important bodies of work. There are documents you can review to email your input, and we have organized a community call as another way to learn more and provide feedback.

New Standards for State CASA/GAL Organizations
This past September National CASA sought network-wide input on several documents to guide the development of new CASA/GAL standards for state organizations and local programs. We thank all who participated and provided feedback to further improve those guiding documents. We are now pleased to share and seek input on the newly proposed Standards for State CASA/GAL Organizations. 

National CASA worked in partnership with the State Leadership Council to develop these standards to ensure each is essential to our mission, measurable and clear. Please take this opportunity to review the proposed standards and provide your input.

Document available for review:


CASA/GAL Core Model

National CASA has developed a core model that describes the foundational elements to be a CASA/GAL member program. The core model will assist all of us in:

  • Defining our work to courts, children, partners and the community so they know what to expect from us

  • Further developing and protecting our brand; when you hear CASA, you know what it means

  • Having elements on which to measure our work as we move toward an evidence based model, have a consistent model to measure.

The process to form this core model began in 2016. It has involved gathering input from the local, state and national leadership councils and presenting to the National Board of Trustees for guidance and decision-making.

Documents available for review:


How to Provide Input

  • Questions and input about these two bodies of work can be emailed to by Dec. 29.

  • You also can participate in a community call to learn more and provide real-time feedback. The community call will be from noon-1:30 p.m. Pacific time Dec. 21. Anyone interested is invited to participate on the community call. Registration is required. Registration will be open up until 15 minutes before the start of the call.

After the comment period we will consider all feedback as we continue with these initiatives. Once further developed, we will report back on our progress.


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