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Legislation for CASA

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs in New York call for the full support of their legislation, as it would directly assist family court efforts to promote the health, safety and well-being of children. GREAT NEWS . . .CASA Legislation has passed in the Senate. We have some fantastic support in the Assembly but the legislation needs more co-sponsors, so please contact your representative in the Assembly today and ask that they co-sponsor and support their respective bill.

The bill in the Senate and Assembly are the same and both need to be passed. The bills would provide statutory and legislative recognition of CASA, a volunteer based program that, for the past 36 years, has provided substantive advocacy for abused and neglected children in the family courts throughout New York State. They would codify Court Rules established in 2006 that set forth the requirements for CASA program certification and Office of Court Administration funding, and define the role of the CASA volunteer in "providing thorough information about the health, safety, well-being and permanency plans of children and their families to the court, the parties and law guardian…”[1] Passage of these bills would further establish the Legislature’s support for CASA, and strengthen CASA’s ability to provide needed help for our most vulnerable children in our family courts and foster care system. 



[1] Court Appointed Special Advocates Programs, 44 USC §§ 44.0-44.2 et seq (2009).







ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

NEW YORK STATE ‘BILL OF RIGHTS’ EMPOWERS FOSTER CARE YOUTH AND CHILDREN.

This document gives a voice to, and lists rights of, young New Yorkers in foster care.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has uploaded the New York State Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care which was developed through a collaborative effort by young New Yorkers in foster care and OCFS staff, empowers children and youth in foster care by explicitly listing their rights to safe, nurturing, and healthy environments. To access the bill in English or Spanish follow this link to the OCFS web site: http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/view_article.asp?ID=1027



Here is a publication that some of you may find useful, as well as interesting - NEW PUBLICATION: "Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment, and Psychotropic Medications." A new companion guide is designed to help caseworkers, foster parents, and others learn more about treatment for youth in foster care: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/mhc-caregivers/