Restore Funding for CASA
  • Petitioned Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce and Justice

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Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce and Justice

Restore Funding for CASA

    1. Dennis Lomonaco
    2. Petition by

      Dennis Lomonaco

      New Orleans, LA

 

For 10 years National CASA received $12 million in funding for the CASA program through the Victims of Child Abuse Act. We have used these vital funds to provide advocacy, training and technical assistance in support of almost 1,000 CASA programs around the country serving 240,000 neglected and abused children each year.

Last year Congress reduced the funding for CASA programs to $4.5 million. And now, the Administration has proposed eliminating all funding for this vital program in FY 2013.

A team of CASA representatives met with 40 congressional representatives last week and learned that there is a chance to restore full funding for this programprovided enough congressional offices urge appropriators to do the right thing. But timing is critical.

 

Please urge the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce and Justice to restore appropriated funding of $12 million for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program for children (CASA).  Tell the subcommittee of your support, and include the CASA program on your appropriations programmatic request list.

CASA saves lives—The program has achieved unprecedented success in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect, and offering our most vulnerable children hope of a safe, loving, permanent home.

CASA saves billions in taxpayer dollars—Every dollar spent on CASA yields $23 in savings in the foster care and family court systems.

CASA is good policy—It is the model of an outstanding public/private partnership. A nonprofit organization, backed by the Department of Justice, and fueled by 75,000 volunteer child advocates.

The need is urgent—With current resources we only reach 240,000 of the nearly 660,000 children in foster care. The proposed budget cut would devastate our ability to reach even the small fraction we do today.

This is society’s obligation—Protecting the rights and safety of abused and neglected children is one of society’s most fundamental obligations.

Restoring this funding is neither controversial nor debatable. These children need our help and CASA is the proven solution. Thank you for your attention and support of this critical issue!

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    • Patricia Farmer BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am an active CASA, and have been for 8 years. Support from our local program is vital.

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    • Richwood Borja DALY CITY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Children do not deserved to be abuse.

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    • Holly Schlaack CINCINNATI, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      CASAs save the lives of defenseless children and save our taxpayers money. They are the only people in the lives of foster children who are not paid to be there. Why would Congress cut funding to recruit, train, background check, support, and supervise them?

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    • Laurie Johnson BAY ST LOUIS, MS
      • about 2 years ago

      As a victim of child sexual abuse, I wish a CASA could have supported me. As a long-time CASA staff member, I saw the difference volunteers made in the lives of the children in my community. We can't let these children down. We can't afford to lose this funding - abused and neglected children in our state are lost in a system that is totally unable to care for them. CASA is their only hope!

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    • Nohemi Viscarra LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Protecting a child from abuse & neglect is not something that should be debatable or optional; it is our social responsibility to offer these kids support protection and hope. http://www.change.org/petitions/appropriations-subcommittee-on-commerce-and-justice-restore-funding-for-casa?javascript=false

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