CASA are everyday citizens, who judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been, removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives. CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes. The National CASA association is a network of 955 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.
The paper will focus on the laws, barriers that might prevent families from seeking out an organization such as CASA. Options that may decrease those barriers, philosophy on being a human service professional working with children and families, as well look at values, culture and biases.
First, we look at laws that influence the funding pertaining to CASA, according to the Advocacy Academy Manual (2009), in the seventies, the United States Congress became aware that the child welfare system was not adequately protecting children and their families. In seventy – four Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Public Law 93-247, amended in 1996, created the national center on child abuse and neglect, and earmarked federal funds for states to establish special programs for child victims of abuse or neglect. The law requires that states, have child abuse and neglect reporting laws, investigate reports of abuse and neglect, educate the public about abuse and neglect; provide a guardian ad litem to every abused or neglected child whose case results in a judicial proceeding(Advocacy Academy Manual, 2009).
As a CASA worker, there are other federal laws that have an impact on child abuse and neglect cases. such as, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, for example it says that any entity that receives federal funds must provide a professional interpreter in court. Titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act: IV-E is the primary federal funding stream that partially reimburses states for foster care for qualified children. IV-B allots funding for targeted case management services. The state must pay all expenses for a child who is not IV-E eligible out of state general revenues. These expenses include foster care, therapy, etc (Advocacy Academy Manual, 2009).
Being that CASA works with the court system many parents and guardians will not choose this route of services. The first barrier that may occur is misunderstanding of, what CASA role is and the services they offer. Another barrier will be if they are abusers of children, and will lose custody of their children. If working with CASA reveal that they have abused a child, they will become part of the legal system, and will have to register as a child abuser, which means they will not be allowed to work with children or care...