March 11, 2021
Six CASA programs participate in national project focused on LGBTQ practices and policies
In 2020, six Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organizations from across the country partnered with All Children – All Families (ACAF) to implement LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. The following CASA programs successfully completed all activities as part of ACAF’s 2020 cohort:
Building Foundation for Inclusion
- CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County (TX)
- Sacramento CASA (CA)
Solid Foundation for Inclusion
- Tippecanoe County CASA (IN)
- Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, CA
- Norfolk CASA Inc. (VA)
- Texas CASA
Through a rigorous year-long process, the cohort worked diligently to conduct an internal self-assessment, provide professional development to staff, and implement ACAF’s Benchmarks of LGBTQ Inclusion, which track policy and practice changes within agencies.
Their participation illustrates a growing movement within the CASA/GAL network and the child welfare system that recognizes LGBTQ-inclusion is essential to achieving the goals of safety, permanency and well-being. Learn more about the All Children – All Families project and its three tiers of recognition.