The Kentucky CASA Network applauds Governor Matt Bevin and State Legislators in Kentucky for providing funding to support CASA programs. With bi-partisan support from the Legislature and the Governor, Kentucky joins 43 other states to provide funding for the important work of CASA Programs. Soon, more abused, neglected and dependent children will benefit from having a CASA Volunteer Advocate to ensure their voice is heard in the Family Court System. This will result in better outcomes and more efficiency in reaching permanancy for children in the Commonwealth.
This funding will increase the number of children receiving services from a CASA Volunteer and will help programs serve children in currently unserved counties. Today, two-thirds of Kentucky’s counties are without a CASA program.
The budget allocates $3 million over the course of two years in the form of grants to CASA programs to be administered by the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “Today marks a historic day for CASA programs in Kentucky. We are grateful to the Legislature and the Governor in their recognition of the importance and value that CASA Volunteers bring in providing a voice for abused and neglected children,” said Andrea Bruns, State Director of the Kentucky CASA Network.
CASA will continue to work closely with the Administration and Cabinet, House and Senate members, judges around the state and hundreds of volunteers to better meet the critical situations faced by families and children as intended by our state leaders.