The National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association is a network of 946 programs throughout the United States that recruit, train, and support volunteer advocates to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
McAllister & Quinn worked closely with CASA on its efforts to win $5 million in funding through the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention’s National Mentoring Grant. The grant will provide CASA with funding to recruit, train, supervise, and support additional volunteer advocate/mentors to serve more vulnerable foster children.
Foster children are among the most underserved and at-risk populations in our county, with higher rates of PTSD, drug and alcohol use and abuse, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, dropping out of high school, etc., than their peers who are not in foster care. This grant is part of DOJ’s focus on strengthening, expanding, and implementing youth mentoring activities and youth development programs throughout the country through grants to leading national and local organizations. Many of these initiatives focus on reaching at-risk youth and working with underserved populations including foster children, tribal communities, and juvenile offenders who are reentering their communities.