Court-Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, are volunteers who speak for the more than 4,000 children in the Connecticut foster care system. As of late, the opioid epidemic has fueled this crisis. But no matter the circumstances, children in the system need someone to speak up for them in the legal system, and that’s where CASAs come in.
In this 15-minute video, WTNH TV News 8’s Ann Nyberg speaks with the newly-appointed Executive Director for CASA Southern Connecticut, Josiah Brown, about the necessary and vital work CASA volunteers do.
CASA is a national organization now growing in CT. To find out how you can get involved and make a difference in a foster child’s life, please email: info[at]casasouthct[dot]org.
As we speak, in February, 2020, more than 4 thousand children in Connecticut from birth to age 18 are in foster care. The current opioid epidemic has greater fueled this crisis. Children need advocates, someone to help speak for them, in the legal system, and that’s where CASA comes in. CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.” This is a national organization, but it’s just landing in Connecticut.
Hundreds of volunteers, selfless men and women, are needed for these kids caught in turmoil.
On NYBERG, we talk to the newly appointed Executive Director for Southern Connecticut, Josiah Brown.
(Links to a 15-minute video interview and to a 1-minute National CASA public service announcement are included.)
New Haven Independent report on $100,000 grant from National CASA to CASA of Southern Connecticut for 2020--with information on the organization's progress in 2019, new website, leadership, and developments for 2020
Lauren Messner, executive director of the Connecticut CASA Association, is interviewed by Fox 61's Matt Scott; in this video, she discusses the CASA movement, new programs CASA of Northern Connecticut and CASA of Southern Connecticut, and the established CASA of Southwest Connecticut program already serving children in foster care in Fairfield County.
New Haven Register article on $100,000 grant from National CASA to CASA of Southern Connecticut for 2020, and how it builds on momentum the organization showed in 2019
Opinion piece by Josiah H. Brown, executive director of CASA of Southern Connecticut, in the Connecticut Mirror--an extended version that addresses Adoption Month, ACEs, and how CASA volunteers can make a difference
Opinion piece by Josiah H. Brown, executive director of CASA of Southern Connecticut, in Hearst Media CT publications
Opinion article by Joette Katz, former Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, in the Chronicle of Social Change and Connecticut Mirror