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National CASA/GAL Association for Children

Change a Child's Story™

aka National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Association for Children   |   Seattle, WA   |  https://nationalcasagal.org/

Mission

The National CASA/GAL Association, together with state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.

Ruling year info

1985

Principal Officer

Ms. Tara Lisa Perry

Main address

100 W Harrison Street North Tower Suite 500

Seattle, WA 98119 USA

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EIN

91-1255818

NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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Rigorous, state-of-the-art training programs and tools

Rigorous, state-of-the-art training programs and tools

The National CASA/GAL Association supports a nationwide network of 939 CASA and GAL state organizations and local programs that recruit, screen and train thousands of volunteers each year. CASA/GAL volunteers serve as best interest advocates for children in court and help judges make the most well-informed decisions for children and their families.

National CASA/GAL requires that all volunteers are thoroughly screened and participate in a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training built on real-world case studies, covering the role of the volunteer in court, child development issues, trauma-informed care and bias awareness, among other topics. We also provide webinars to our member network of state organizations and local programs that include pre-service training of facilitators and a cultural awareness curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Family relationships

Growing Membership

The National CASA/GAL Association supports a nationwide network of 939 CASA and GAL state organizations and local programs that recruit, screen and train thousands of volunteers each year. CASA/GAL volunteers serve as best interest advocates for children in court and help judges make the most well-informed decisions for children and their families.

National CASA/GAL raises awareness of the needs of children and families in the child welfare system and the work of volunteer advocates across the country. National CASA/GAL also helps recruit more volunteers and create new and expand existing programs in underserved communities. We also provide grants and pass-through federal funding to build capacity and grow the number of children served.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Family relationships

National quality assurance standards and best practices

The National CASA/GAL Association supports a nationwide network of 939 CASA and GAL state organizations and local programs that recruit, screen and train thousands of volunteers each year. CASA/GAL volunteers serve as best interest advocates for children in court and help judges make the most well-informed decisions for children and their families.

National CASA/GAL ensures each program across the country meets high standards for working with and serving vulnerable children. National CASA/GAL provides ongoing technical assistance and supports best practices so all programs, regardless of size, can provide what children need to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Family relationships

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) / Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. In order to reach this goal, National CASA/GAL Association has enacted focus areas that now serve as the foundation for the organization. Through effective governance the board and staff will create financial sustainability for the network. They will ensure every facet of the association and every action taken is properly analyzed and thoroughly researched so that they can understand the present and plan for the future. National CASA/GAL Association will strive for effective partnerships with the state organizations so that, together, they can create a promise to provide strong support to the almost 1,000 local programs tasked with recruiting, screening, training and supervising the advocates that are the life blood of the mission.

The focus areas will support the strategic themes of: having a collaborative impact on the child welfare system; building brand awareness of the organization; creating innovative and integrated fundraising efforts to ensure proper resources to our affiliates; becoming the thought leaders in child welfare and achieving operational excellence.

National CASA/GAL Association has been providing quality advocacy for abused or neglected children for over 40 years. The organization has almost 1,000 state and local programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise approximately 98,000 volunteers. These volunteers, last year, advocated for over 242,000 children in America. The national program has created (and updates regularly) a 30-hour training curriculum for the volunteers and each CASA/GAL program meets strict guidelines for operation to ensure effective and efficient advocacy services.

National CASA/GAL has provided support and guidance to our network for more than 40 years, and during this time, CASA/GAL volunteers have served more than 2 million abused or neglected children.

Financials

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National CASA/GAL Association for Children

Board of directors
as of 04/05/2023
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Board chair

James Rishwain

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

William Collins

Covington & Burling LLP

Britt Banks

RESOLVE, Inc.

Danielle Maurer

James Rishwain

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Joseph Bankoff

Georgia Institute of Technology

Charles Brumback

Retired, Akerman LLP

Louis Lucido

Retired, DoubleLine Capital LLP

Kimberly Corley

Capital One

Tara Lisa Perry

National CASA/GAL Association

Kathleen Ruth

Cicatelli Associates Inc. Global

Mark Walker

Transland

Lisa Stuart

Ben Garren

Former General Counsel, International for The Coca-Cola Company

David Katz

NCJFCJ

Ashley Grace

Emma Ludbrook

Paradox

Ravin Chad Prashad

World Acceptance Corporation

Dan Schwartz

Bain & Company

Eric Tom

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes