February 19, 2017

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CASA Project lands national grant to serve more Worcester County children

CASA Project, Inc. of Worcester has been awarded a $99,000 Local Growth Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. Funds will be used to increase the number of abused or neglected children in Worcester County who have a CASA volunteer helping them find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.

CASA Project, Inc. is one of 943 CASA and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) programs with 76,756 volunteers across the country. The program recruits, trains and supports volunteers who ensure that children who have been removed from their parents’ care receive appropriate services and have a voice in determining their futures.

Last year in Worcester County, CASA Project we worked with more than 205 volunteers, to serve 579 children; CASA Advocates filed 367 court reports and attended more than 750 court hearings. That number is projected to increase dramatically in 2017.

In 2016, National CASA awarded more than $4.1 million in federal grants to help CASA/GAL programs recruit needed volunteers.

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