McAllister & Quinn worked closely with The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASA) on its efforts to obtain $9.5 million in funding over two years to recruit, train, supervise, and support additional volunteer advocate/mentors to serve more vulnerable foster children.
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 who represent and advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the child welfare system.
The funding comes through the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention’s National Mentoring Grant. CASA was first awarded $5 million in 2012, and in 2013 received another $4.5 million. CASA was one of six national organizations to receive a portion of the nearly $50 million in grant funds this year.
Foster children are among the most underserved and at-risk populations in our country, 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.
The youth mentoring grants are awarded by DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides prevention, treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of youth and their families.