CASA of Ellis County has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.
This certification recognizes that CASA of Ellis County is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.
“The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf. This certification says CASA of Ellis County has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their community,” said Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association.
CASA of Ellis County was started in September of 2004, and since inception, has served almost 500 children, volunteered more than 12,000 hours and community volunteers have driven more than 100,000 unreimbursed miles to be a voice for children who have no voice.
About the National CASA Association
In 1976, concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court, helping to ensure that they will live in a safe and loving environment.
So successful was this Seattle program, that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates.
In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA/GAL with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today, there are more than 950 National CASA member programs across the country, with more than 70,000 men and women serving as CASA Guardian Ad Litem volunteers.