Media’s CASA Youth Advocates Receives $40,000 National Grant to Help Expand Its Impact

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CASA Youth Advocates has received a $40,000 grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.

Funds will be used to support children in Delaware and Chester counties’ child welfare system through recruitment of CASA volunteers who help them find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.

CASA Youth Advocates is one of 943 CASA and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) programs with 76,756 volunteers across the country. The program recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who ensure that children who have been removed from their parents’ care receive appropriate services and have a voice in determining their futures.

According to research conducted through the National CASA Association, children with a Court Appointed Special Advocate are more likely to be adopted, half as likely to re-enter foster care, and perform better in school. Ensuring these improved outcomes for all children in Delaware and Chester counties’ Dependency Courts becomes a matter of scale and resource.

In 2016, National CASA awarded more than $4.1 million in federal grants to help CASA/GAL programs recruit needed volunteers.

“We are always so grateful to our supporters at the National CASA who believe that the work we all do is changing lives,” said Anne Shenberger, Executive Director of Media-based CASA Youth Advocates.

The organization has also been awarded grants from Judi Marvel Charities and Dircks Family Foundation for volunteer recruitment and aiding the special needs of the children CASA serves that are not covered by other funding sources.

“While it is always wonderful to receive a grant from our national organization, it’s great that the importance of our impact is noticed by smaller foundations and charities,” said Shenberger. “Everything helps.”

CASA Youth Advocates is holding its next volunteer training session on July 31. Click here for more information.

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