Pulaski County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) announced that due to additional children being served in 2017, the Arkansas State CASA Association grant has increased from $95,000 to $135,000. These funds are used to recruit, train and motivate CASA volunteers and staff.
In the past two years, CASA has seen an increase in funding from $62,000 per year to $95,000 per year. The funding is based on the number of foster children served in the system and volunteer advocate caseload. Currently, CASA has 91 volunteer advocates and serves 232 children.
“Program staff and volunteers have worked hard this past year to obtain the additional funding which will directly result in more children being served,” said Darryl Capps, CASA Executive Director.
The program is funded by other sources including county funds, donors, grants from United Way and the federally funded VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) grant.
Pulaski County CASA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving children in Pulaski and Perry counties who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. The program operates under the leadership of the County Judge and County Attorney.