Bill Set To Include Special Advocate Funding
Director stresses importance of funds to find foster children permanent homes
Buck McKeon has made an announcement that $250,000 has been included in the House-passed Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill for the Friends of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles County to train and recruit more volunteers and to serve an additional 600 children. CASA provides volunteers to advocate in court and in the community on behalf of abused and neglected children in the LA County foster care system.
There are currently nearly 30,000 foster children in LA County and approximately 1,700 in the 25th Congressional District. CASA advocates help find needed services, advocate for educational, medical and mental health needs, and help to find children safe, permanent, loving homes.
“With the number of children who are still in need of services from CASA, the secured funds will help ensure LA County has the additional volunteers necessary to cover the region adequately,” noted McKeon. “CASA volunteers provide such a meaningful service in keeping abused children safe from harm. In my mind, guaranteeing our children are protected is one of the most valuable causes to support through the appropriations process,” said McKeon.
CASA of LA County - $250,000 to train and recruit additional volunteers for the CASA program. There are currently more than 50,000 abused, neglected or abandoned foster children in the United States. Los Angeles County has a disproportionate number of children in foster care, nearly 30,000. CASA ensures that children do not languish in long-term foster care or reenter the child welfare system.
Following the announcement that CASA’s requested funds passed the U.S. House, Nancy Davidson, Executive Director for Friends of CASA of Los Angeles , made the following statement:
“CASA of Los Angeles is very grateful to the efforts of Congressman McKeon and others who have recognized the critical need facing foster children in Los Angeles County ,” said Davidson. “This funding will enable CASA to help more children find safe, loving, permanent homes.”
The CASA of LA County funding request was included in the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill that passed the House Thursday night. From here, the bill moves to the U.S. Senate for a vote and later to conference between both Houses. In order for the bill to become law, it must then be signed by the President.