But, in the Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTEDs) operating budget, found on page 45 of the agency detail budget, it says:
"5. Suspend CASA Training Funds - Pass-through funding to pay training
costs for court-appointed special advocates is suspended."
The general operating budget will be voted on tomorrow or Sunday.
All Court Appointed Special Advocates should be required to submit a Public Disclosure F-1 Statement just like all the other people working in the courts, the legislature, and city and county governments.
CASAs should all be required to have better background checks. (Do they have "histories" in other counties or states?)
CASAs should NEVER have private associations, of any kind, with the foster-adopt people with whom they work or with the attorneys that the state hires for their aid.
Complaints against CASAs must be easier to file and must be investigated and held in a CASAs record. Not all CASAs are working in the best interest of the child as we saw in the Stuth case. That CASA told the Stuths that the judge had ordered that they not see their grandchild. That was not the truth! That CASA refused to consider all qualified relatives and hid from the judge the fact of an aunt and uncle that had passed an in home study. How bad is that?!!!!
Families should be able to petition for a change of CASA when a CASA is hostile and threatening to the biological family or foster provider.
Most CASA volunteers do a fine job. But, they do need to be trained before entering the system.