CASA Child Advocates Receives National Grant to Improve Support to Montgomery County’s Vulnerable Youth
National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem Association for Children AWARDS Grant
CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County has been awarded a $119,000 Sustainability Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
The 2019 National CASA/GAL Sustainability Grant will enable CASA Child Advocates to focus on sustaining service to 100 percent of qualifying children in Montgomery County. Specifically, the grant will enable CASA to better address the unique needs of children in Montgomery County who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic, who have a parent who has been incarcerated, who are vulnerable to human trafficking, and/or who are close to aging out of foster care.
Impact of the Grant
“We appreciate the foresight of National CASA in offering this grant to programs already serving 100% of the children. We’ve worked very hard to meet this important goal, and we don’t underestimate the difficulty of continuing to provide a volunteer Advocate for every child in foster care in Montgomery County,” said Ann McAlpin, Executive Director of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. “This is a great example of just one way in which National CASA provides strong support for local CASA programs,” McAlpin continues, “This grant will be invaluable to us as we recruit and train additional volunteers to speak up for foster children in Montgomery County.”
The Reach of CASA/GAL
There are 950 CASA/GAL programs nationwide, including 45 state offices. The federal grant funds distributed through National CASA/GAL are provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice, as authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. In 2018, National CASA/GAL was awarded nearly $10 million in federal grants.