Connecticut CASA and CASA of Southern Connecticut (CASA Southern) were both affiliates of the National CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardians ad Litem) Association, which recruits and trains advocates for abused and neglected youth in the foster care system. National CASA/GAL often approves the formation of centralized state associations with advocacy responsibility (e.g., Connecticut CASA) and local chapters to provide the direct service of recruiting and training volunteers (e.g., CASA Southern). In a small state like Connecticut, however, this arrangement was creating confusion and funding competition. In order to operate more efficiently and create a unified statewide presence, Connecticut CASA and CASA Southern decided to merge. The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration provided a grant to help cover one-time costs associated with the transaction.
Grant Amount: $10,250
Year Granted: 2021
Grantee: Connecticut CASA Association