Children’s advocacy group CT receives $142,000 in grants for New Haven, Waterbury efforts

Connecticut children’s advocacy group CASA recently received more than $142,000 in grants to further its mission “to advance the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect,” the group said in a statement. .

CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – received $72,223 through a Federal Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Grant and $70,168 through American Rescue Plan funds Act, according to the statement.

Officials said the grants were obtained “through a competitive process that included a detailed application, prescribed scoring criteria, data requirements and letters of support from partner organizations.”

“We are grateful to receive these federal funds through the state judiciary. Our handful of professional employees support CASA’s dedicated volunteers, increasing their numbers and adhering to CASA’s National Standards on behalf of the best interests of children,” Connecticut CASA Executive Director Josiah H. Brown said in the statement. “We encourage potential volunteers from all walks of life to join this movement. CASA volunteers help identify safe homes and places where children can thrive, as well as resources for them and their families.We are excited to make this proven volunteer-based approach more widely available.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 203-800-5661. To volunteer, contact [email protected]

Currently, Connecticut CASA works in both New Haven and Waterbury courts, and is “growing toward statewide reach,” officials said.

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