Our Partners

Our Partners

Our success at Alaska CASA depends not only on our statewide network of community volunteers, but also on the relationships we've developed with other organizations. Learn more about our partners.

The partnership between Alaska CASA and the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) began in 2013 to address issues of cultural competence and racial equity. Work centered around Undoing Racism workshops and ongoing grassroots efforts to organize individuals in the region who had completed an Undoing Racism workshop in order to continue positive momentum aimed at improving outcomes for children and families in the region.

In 2015 our parent agency partnered with AVCP to hire two Alaska Native guardians ad litem (GALs) to serve children in the region; that partnership was deepened in 2016 when YK Delta CASA underwent a transfer of governance. The program is now operated by AVCP, in partnership with Alaska CASA. Volunteers in YK Delta CASA can serve children involved in state court or in tribal court cases as AVCP works to expand CASA to tribal courts in some of the 56 villages in the region.

To learn more about AVCP, visit their website.

Alaska CASA partnered with Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) in 2010 to create a remote office of Anchorage CASA located within the CITC building. CITC employed a CASA program specialist who worked alongside Anchorage CASA staff with a special focus on recruiting, supporting and supervising Alaska Native CASA volunteers. Lack of ongoing funding for the position ended the project in 2012, but CITC continues to support us by helping to promote the CASA program among its followers and supporters. CITC also successfully introduced a resolution to increase the representation of Alaska Natives in the CASA program at the 2010 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention.

To learn more about Cook Inlet Tribal Council, visit their website.

Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) is an important mission partner for Alaska CASA.  The youth and alumni members of FFCA provide training to CASA volunteers at the biennial statewide CASA conference, as well as through continuing education sessions hosted by local programs.  FFCA members also frequently speak to new volunteers during their core training course, and the organization develops materials for use by child advocates. These efforts inform and improve the advocacy efforts CASA volunteers deliver to foster youth statewide.

Alaska CASA and FFCA are currently partnering on the Fostering Futures Alaska Initiative to equip CASA volunteers to mentor and work with youth at risk of aging out of the foster care system.

FFCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the foster care system and empower foster youth. Learn more by visiting their website.
Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) was formed in 1991 to provide support and recognition to CASA volunteers and services to the abused and neglected children and youth volunteer advocates represent. As a public/private partnership, FAC provides vital support to the CASA program, helping it to advocate for children, while augmenting state support with donations from the private sector. Visit the Friends of Alaska CASA website.
Since its formation in 2007, the Kappa Alpha Theta Alaska Alumnae Chapter has partnered with Alaska CASA to support and promote CASA among its membership and the public. Alaska Thetas have donated hundreds of gift cards to local CASA programs throughout the state, and have raised thousands of dollars for CASA through its annual garage sale.  Our Theta friends also created a THETA account at The Clothesline in Anchorage; proceeds from the sale of your gently used donated women's clothing and accessories can now support Alaska CASA!  Thank you Alaska Thetas!
The Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) Alaska CASA program has partnered with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe (KIT) since 2010 to operate a CASA program that cross trains volunteers to serve in both tribal court and state court cases.  The program is located in the Kenaitze Indian Tribe Professional Building in Kenai.  KIT staffer Joy Petrie serves as the Kenai Peninsula CASA  program coordinator in collaboration with Alaska CASA staff, and OPA paralegal Trish Greenstreet provides program support.

To learn more about the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, visit their website.
 
The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

National CASA offers leadership and support to provide quality advocacy and lead the continued growth of the CASA network:
  • Training & Curriculum: creates new, research-based training opportunities
  • Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance: technical assistance to help programs serve more children more effectively, and a set of standards that provide a framework for quality program management.
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Public Awareness: coordinates national campaigns to help recruit CASA volunteers and raise awareness about child abuse.
  • Resource Development and Grants: provides pass-through funding to local and state CASA/GAL programs.
Visit the National CASA Association website to learn more.
Project Meet Me Halfway is the movement created by chart-topping country music recording artist Jimmy Wayne.

During his childhood Jimmy was in and out of foster care, finally becoming homeless and surviving on his own as a teenager.  With the help and support of caring adults who came into his life, Jimmy was able to complete his education and achieve his dream of a career in music.

With a strong desire to give back and truly make a difference, Jimmy decided to walk halfway across the country to raise awareness of the needs of foster and homeless youth.  He left Nashville in January 2010 and reached Phoenix seven months later.

Since that amazing walk, Jimmy has worked tirelessly to promote the CASA cause and talk about the needs of foster and homeless youth in performances and appearances throughout the country.  He's even helped several states pass legislation to increase the age that foster youth can remain in care.

Alaska CASA is proud to partner with Jimmy Wayne and Project Meet Me Halfway.  Jimmy performed at our 25th anniversary conference in April 2012. He returned to Alaska that fall to speak at the Alaska Court System CINA conference and performed for foster youth to benefit Facing Foster Care in Alaska.

Watch Jimmy's video blog dedication to Alaska CASA made during his fall 2012 trip.
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