NEWSLETTER                  Summer 2018
Statement Regarding Separation of Children
and Parents During the Immigration Process

For nearly 40 years the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National  CASA) has advocated for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or  neglect. One of our guiding principles is that children are better off when they remain  with their families of origin if safely possible.  We also know the long-term effects of trauma that children experience when they are  separated from their parents, which are most often detrimental to their well-being and
can have long-term negative impact.

While CASA programs and volunteers work in family or juvenile court systems, not the  federal court system, we support best-interest advocacy for all children. We have been  deeply concerned about the family separations at the Southwest border and thank those
who have spoken out on behalf of these children. We join with these voices.

If children involved in immigration proceedings become involved in family or juvenile  court, we urge the appointment of a CASA/GAL volunteer to advocate for the child's best  interest and help the court make the most well-informed decision in these tremendously  important matters.

We ask our nation's legislators to carefully consider the impacts on children when they  address immigration legislation so that no child is subjected to further trauma.

Thanks to Kappa Alpha Theta at Sacred Heart University, CAC has donated over 300 books to abused or neglected children in SW Connecticut.  
 CAC thanks...

New Canaan Community Foundation for a generous $5,000 grant

William T. Morris Foundation for a generous $15,000 grant

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Foundation for a generous $2,000 grant

Each CASA volunteer is trained to serve as a caring, consistent advocate for the best interests of a vulnerable child in the court and in our community

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