Tremendous power. No accountability. No change of venue when they have it in for the family.
The CASA for the Stuths was really very bad. I tried to bring this to the attention to the authorities. What happened?
He was awarded "CASA of the Year" by King County CASA administrators. (They actually protected the guy's ass!)
You should have been at the State's Sunshine Committee to hear the King County CASA folks defend their secret domain! (Please see previous PRR.) They even brought along a judge to say how bad opening the system to public oversight would be. (It was really pathetic.) They were defending a system that hides the facts about CASAs and GALs. They would rather have complete secrecy...complete autonomy...and no accountability to the public at all!
I argued we needed to have the sun shine on these people. They should have to file public disclosure statements like all the executive, judicial and legislative branch employees. What happened?
The King County CASA administrators came down to testify that disclosure would ruin the program and that NO ONE would sign up to be CASAs. Have you ever heard such BS?
Only on rare occasions.
Note: There are 600 CASAs just in King County. Let's see the stats on these people and on the program. How many are used over and over by certain social workers? I think they should be randomly drawn. How many of the 600 are actually used? The list of questions could go on and on.... OPEN THE DOORS!
If we have this system in our government...it should be an open system!