National CASA (Court Appoint Special Advocate) lost most of its funding this year and is now just a shell of what it was last year.  Abused and neglected children need a voice in the complicated court system that now runs their lives.  These children have no voice in their abusive homes and no one in the system speaks for them.

CASA provides that voice.   From the  National CASA Blog

The National Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association—a nationwide network of volunteer advocates changing the lives of abused and neglected children.

Is anybody paying attention as funding for one of the most vital programs for neglected and abused children is slashed to $0?

Is anybody paying attention as funding for one of the most vital programs for neglected and abused children is slashed to $0? Society has an obligation to abused and neglected children. Caring for them is our collective responsibility.

So why does the Administration’s current budget proposalend federal funding of the Victims of Child Abuse Act?

The ratio of expenses to overhead for CASA is among the best in the nonprofit world. A single dollar invested in CASA programs yields $23.40 in savings in the foster care and child welfare system.

So why would anyone allow the $12 million in funding CASA receives through the Victims of Child Abuse Act to just disappear?

Sure, $12 million sounds overwhelming when you think about your family’s budget. But in terms of the Administration’s proposed budget, $12 million amounts to about 3 ten thousandths of one percent of federal expenditures. Put another way: the elimination of funding for CASA advocacy is meaningless in terms of federal deficit reduction.

But those dollars can mean everything to the life of a child in foster care.

How can anyone justify subtracting 3 ten thousandths of one percent from government spending when it means a child could spend more time languishing in foster care… or when a youth might be forced to take psychotropic medication that was never intended for children… or when siblings who could have stayed together end up separated forever? What do we say to the child who is moved three, four or even eight times to different homes and schools?

CASA can be the difference between a life that’s full of broken dreams and a life that’s lived to the fullest potential.

So why would anybody sit by and watch this happen?

I can’t, and I am asking each of you to take action with me.

CASA allies in Congress tell us there is a chance these funds can be restored—if we act now. If we raise our voices, speak loudly and speak as one, we have a chance. But the window of opportunity is closing.

We have mobilized our network. It is vital that everyone reading these words contact their elected representatives. Urge them to restore full funding for National CASA. It will take just a few minutes. And it could change the life of a child. Thank you.

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2 Comments

  1. One reason would be that by and large not all GAL’s do a good job and in some cases the children would be better off without the biased judgement of the many criminally negligent GAL’s who simply don’t care. If I had looked at the spectacular failures of the nationwide system of GAL’s as a legislator I would have absolutely withheld funding until an action plan to address and remedy these abuses of the system was in place.

    • I grant you that training is often inadequate for the terrible situations child protection in America places GALs but your comments are one sided and unfair. I did not become a volunteer GAL to hurt people or for any other reason than to represent the rights of children in a cold and hard system. In almost 20 years as a GAL, I have never met a volunteer GAL who did not care about the children they worked with (as you state). Under-training and human error are too big a part of the system and could be improved by a better understanding by management and legislators.

      Our institutions are suffering and they need improving. Children, families, and communities are suffering because the institutions don’t work. It is up to legislators to understand the issues and make efforts to improve our institutions. Throwing rocks at the people doing the work (especially volunteers) is not constructive.

      MikeT

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