Gila County CASA awarded $10,000 Grant
CASA of Gila County has been awarded two grants that will benefit the program significantly.
First, CASA of Gila County was awarded a $10,000 Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.
CASA of Gila County is one of almost 1,000 CASA and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) programs across the country that recruit, train and support 87,000 best-interest volunteers who help ensure that children who have entered the court and child welfare systems receive appropriate services, have a voice in determining their futures and, ultimately, find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.
A child enters the foster care system every two minutes, and currently there are not enough CASA and GAL volunteers to serve every child. On average, for every child assigned a best-interest volunteer, two others go it alone. “The needs of Gila County’s children coming into care are more complicated than ever before, and life in foster care can be chaotic,” said Patti Dremler, CASA Coordinator for Northern Gila County. “Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent adult with the training to help her or him heal and thrive.”
The federal grant funds distributed through the National CASA Association 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. They are awarded through a competitive process. In 2017, National CASA awarded over $4.6 million in federal grants.
CASA of Gila County also received funding for outreach from the Arizona Department of Public Safety under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Each year, millions of dollars are deposited into this fund from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalty fees and special assessments collected by the US Attorney’s Offices, US Courts and the Bureau of Prisons. These dollars all come from offenders convicted of federal crimes. Awards are issued for the delivery of direct services to crime victims. The received award will be for the term of October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2020. These VOCA funds will be used in Southern Gila County to recruit, screen, train, and manage CASA volunteers who advocate for children who have been removed from home due to abuse or neglect.
For more information about becoming a best-interests volunteer, contact Patti Dremler at 928-474-7145 (Payson office) or Emily Leverance at 928-402-4427 (Globe office). To apply, visit our website at www.casaofgilacounty.org