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July/August 2004Vol. 5, No. 6Special Issue: Court Appointed Special Advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), also know as guardians ad litem (GALs), are volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in foster care. Across 45 States, there are more than 52,000 volunteers in more than 900 CASA/GAL programs. The May/June 2004 issue of Fostering Families Today offers a special section on Court Appointed Special Advocates. Topics include:

  • Overview of the National CASA Association
  • Description of the role of a CASA/GAL, and how foster parents can benefit from having a CASA/GAL volunteer
  • Synopsis of how to improve understanding and cooperation between CASA/GAL volunteers and resource families
  • Reflections from a CASA/GAL trainer.

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