CASA of the Parkland has received a $12,105 grant for the Professional Development Program Loyola Children’s Law and Policy Executive Program from the Association for the Children of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL ).
CASA of the Parkland recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of child victims of abuse or neglect.
The grant will pay for Parkland’s CASA to earn a certificate in child law and policy from Loyola University Chicago. This program was made possible through the long-standing relationship between Loyola University and National CASA/GAL.
The Children’s Law and Policy Executive Program is a component of the National CASA/GAL Professional Development Initiative which provides tuition grants for directors and staff. This program has been customized for members of the CASA/GAL network. CASA/GAL leaders from across the country will spend a year of classes learning about child protection policy, studying law and the legal system, and learning leadership skills.
“As a volunteer advocacy organization for children in the child welfare system, this grant brings together my personal passion for the children we serve and a greater understanding of the law and the legal system. With an average of over 500 children in this system in our local communities, this opportunity will help all of our volunteers and staff provide better quality advocacy for the children we serve. said JoAnna Watts, Executive Director, CASA of Parkland.
There are 950 CASA/GAL programs nationwide, including 49 state offices. Federal grant funds distributed through the National CASA/GAL are provided by the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention pursuant to the Victims of Crime Act of 1990. child abuse.
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