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CASA of Berks County Awarded Grant, Partners with RACC to Improve Support to Children

by CASA of Berks County

Oct 12, 2022

CASA of Berks County has been awarded a $22,000 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. CASA of Berks County recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The National CASA/GAL DEI Grants support state organizations and local programs with volunteer recruitment among target populations reflective of the communities and children served, DEI initiatives that create a culture of inclusiveness and equitable practices and building of a more culturally competent workforce, including DEI training opportunity provision.

The National CASA/GAL DEI Grant will enable CASA of Berks County to partner with the Reading Area Community College (RACC) to provide cultural awareness and sensitivity training to adults working with children impacted by the child welfare system.

“Reading Area Community College is skilled at providing cultural awareness training to hospitals and schools. We look forward to partnering with CASA Berks to do the same for adults in the child welfare system,” says Reading Area Community College Associate Vice President, Workforce and Continuing Education, Auria Bradley.

“CASA has nearly 60 court advocates working with children in foster care. With 46% of the approximately 400 children in foster care of Hispanic origin, this training will enable CASA to serve additional children. Further, it will allow us to offer cultural awareness training to court personnel and others interacting with children in child welfare. Thus, improving communication and understanding throughout the system.” Said Nancy McCullar, Executive Director, CASA Berks County.

There are 950 CASA/GAL state organizations and local programs operating in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This funding is provided under the OJJDP FY2021 VOCA Children’s Advocacy National Subgrant Program (CFDA #16.756) to manage a national grant awards program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) primarily for the purpose of increasing the number Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who have experienced abuse or neglect and are the subject of civil court child abuse and neglect proceedings. National CASA/GAL administers the grants program under a cooperative agreement with OJJDP which is authorized pursuant to the Victims of Child Abuse Act, 34 USC §20323.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Berks is a non-profit organization that trains and supports volunteer citizens who advocate for children in foster care to ensure their well-being. More information on CASA is available at: www.casaberks.org or email [email protected]

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children, together with its 950 state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. National CASA/GAL offers leadership and support to the network of programs and leads its continued growth. CASA/GAL volunteers and staff work every day to advocate for children, youth, and families. To learn more, visit nationalcasagal.org.

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