Please contact the Assembly Members in your district and provide them with a copy of the Assembly and Senate bills, the Assembly Memorandum in Support, advise that the Senate has already passed it and to please co-sponsor and/or support the bill for passage next session.
This bill will provide statutory recognition of CASA, a volunteer program that, for the past 36 years, has successfully assisted and advocated for abused and neglected children in the family courts throughout New York State. This bill would codify Court Rules established in 2006 that set forth the requirements for CASA program certification and Office of Court Administration funding, and define the role of the CASA volunteer in “providing thorough information about the health, safety, well-being and permanency plans of children and their families to the court, the parties and law guardian…” Passage of this bill will establish the Legislature’s support for CASA, and will strengthen CASA’s ability to provide desperately needed help to our most vulnerable children in our family courts and foster care system.
The mission of CASANYS is to broadly support and develop local volunteer advocacy on behalf of the best interest of abused and neglected children.
CASANYS is the State Association of a network of affiliate programs whose trained volunteers are appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interest of children in cases of abuse and neglect.
Our vision is a safe and permanent home for every child.
These local programs, operating in more than 30 New York State counties, recruit, train and supervise over 700 volunteers advocating for children in the Family Court and child welfare systems.
Through public awareness activities, program evaluation, training and technical assistance, information and funding support, CASANYS helps local CASA programs thrive.
The need for CASA advocates is more urgent than ever. Please help us help a child by making a donation today.