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NCASAA Moving Forward
Program directors gathered in Columbus on December 11 for the two-day Ohio CASA/GAL Association annual Technical Assistance Meeting. Sally Wilson Erny (right), chief program officer at the National CASA Association was on hand to provide details about the reorganization under way at NCASAA.
Erny explained that National is changing its approach to supporting its members, adopting a service delivery system based on functional areas rather than providing service by region. She said the change will add an additional level of expertise to NCASAA’s assistance to state and local programs.
Existing and new NCASAA staff will be organized into the following teams:
- Executive Office
- Finance & Administration
- Training & Organizational Development
- Marketing & Brand Management
- Resource Development
- Legal & Advocacy
Erny pointed out that there will be no service interruptions. Until the new teams are fully staffed and trained, regional program officers will continue in their roles and members should continue working directly with them. After the restructuring is complete, however, members will seek IT support from the Finance & Administration team, for example.
The reorganization is projected for completion by the end of 2015.
Erny said NCASAA appreciates the work of Ohio’s state and local programs. “My hat’s off to you, Ohio,” she said.
“This is the most important work, and I’m so happy to be a part of it and so happy to have you all a part of it in Ohio,” she added.
The Technical Assistance Meeting is one of four meetings for directors each year that are sponsored by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.
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Ohio CASA is a non-profit that focuses on promoting, supporting, and developing CASA programs with the objective to reach all dependent children who need a Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA.
A CASA is a volunteer who is empowered directly by the courts to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. The ultimate goal of the CASA is to help ensure that every child lives in a safe and permanent home.
In 2013 there were 2,171 volunteers advocating for approximately 7,591 children.
Local CASA programs currently serve 37 Ohio counties, but CASA is trying to expand to all counties and all children. Click here to learn more.
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