Boston CASA receives national grant to increase support to vulnerable youth in Middlesex and Suffolk Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Anne M. Silver

Boston CASA receives national grant to increase support to vulnerable youth in Middlesex and Suffolk Counties

Boston CASA has been awarded a $70,000 Mentoring Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. Funds will be used to recruit, train and assign new volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Work done under the mentoring grant will target key populations such as American Indian/Alaska Native, rural and opioid-impacted youth.

There are nearly 950 CASA/GAL programs nationwide, including 48 state offices, supporting volunteers who work on behalf of children in the child welfare system. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decisions for each child.

The mentoring grant will enable Boston CASA to focus on advocating for the needs of at-risk and underserved youth. Volunteers will also mentor youth, helping them increase their level of connectivity with community and family, improve educational outcomes, and reach stable placements.

“Boston CASA is excited to receive this grant to support its ongoing efforts to serve young adults in our communities.  Boston CASA recognizes the critical need for helping young adults access housing supports, address educational needs, and perhaps most importantly, establish long-term connections in their community,” said Anne Silver, Boston CASA’s Interim Executive Director.

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.

About Boston CASA

Boston CASA, Inc., is a fully autonomous 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure a safe and permanent home for court-involved children in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties who have experienced abuse and neglect. We fulfill our mission by recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASAs”) who work to ensure that these children have safe and permanent homes. 

Our volunteers:

  • Advocate for the child’s best interest in court
  • Collaborate with everyone in the child’s life to help ensure their physical, emotional, mental health, and educational needs are met
  • Provide a consistent and stable adult presence in the child’s life
  • Stay with the case until it is closed

The goal for every case is permanency—for each child to find a safe and permanent home, and for teens aging out of the foster care system to transition successfully into independent adulthood.

We are currently on track to serve 300 children by the end of the year, the highest in our history. However, there are still approximately 2,000 children in foster care in Suffolk and Middlesex County who might benefit from the services of a CASA.

No child should have to walk the path of foster care alone.