National Runaway Safeline
Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families
Bureau of Justice Assistance
National Network For Youth
National Crime Prevention Council
American Public Transit Association (APTA)
National Association of Convenience Stores
National Fire Protection Association
International Association of Chiefs of Police
National Safe Place and National CASA have joined forces to strengthen the services our programs offer children across the United States.
The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. The National CASA Association is a network of 1,000 program offices that recruit, train and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Through a national partnership, CASA programs are providing information to their staff, volunteers and the children they serve about Safe Place as a resource, with the goal of ensuring that every child with a CASA volunteer in a Safe Place community is aware of the resource. National Safe Place will have a similar approach, making sure all of their member agencies, staff, volunteers, and partners are knowledgeable about the CASA program and how their services may be of assistance to youth currently in their care. The two organizations are also exchanging information about volunteer opportunities that exist within each, sharing training opportunities and resources, and working together to increase awareness of the work of both National Safe Place and CASA programs.
There are currently 90 communities across the country served by both a CASA and a Safe Place program.