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Is anybody paying attention as funding for one of the most vital programs for neglected and abused children is slashed to $0?

Is anybody paying attention as funding for one of the most vital programs for neglected and abused children is slashed to $0? Society has an obligation to abused and neglected children. Caring for them is our collective responsibility.

So why does the Administration’s current budget proposal end federal funding of the Victims of Child Abuse Act?

The ratio of expenses to overhead for CASA is among the best in the nonprofit world. A single dollar invested in CASA programs yields $23.40 in savings in the foster care and child welfare system.

So why would anyone allow the $12 million in funding CASA receives through the Victims of Child Abuse Act to just disappear?

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The Wrong Prescription: Psychotropic Medications and Foster Youth

“I’m not bipolar. I’m just naughty.”

The Wrong Prescription: Psychotropic Medications and Foster Youth

In the past few days, we have all had the honor of getting to know a remarkable young man from Texas named Ke’onte Cook. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, testified before Congress, and for many of us, his face is the face we now see when we think about the impact of overuse of psychotropic medications on foster youth.

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New Blog from CWLA—The Children’s Monitor

We’ve recently added a new blog to our Friends of CASA page. The Children’s Monitor, produced by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), began as a printed newsletter, evolved into an e-newsletter and has now moved to a blog format. We’ve found it to be an excellent source of information about the state of America’s children. CWLA is tracking leading research about child welfare—especially children in care—as well as monitoring the fast-moving budget debate and other policy discussions in Washington DC. We welcome the Child Welfare League of America to the blogosphere, and we will be actively following this new resource.

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A Challenge We Intend to Win

A Challenge We Intend to WinForty-three years ago, my family watched the Apollo 8 spacecraft head for the first manned mission beyond earth’s orbit. It was exhilarating. So it is a bittersweet week as the space shuttle orbits above us on that program’s last flight. For the first time in 50 years, the United States will no longer have the ability to launch humans into space.

On Saturday, I listened to Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West interview astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who pointed out that without the space shuttle, our future manned launch capabilities will pass more into the hands of private investors. Tyson’s enthusiasm for manned space exploration brought back some of the thrill of those earlier days. But the costs are huge, and I wonder how we can afford it.

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From Place to Place—Interview with Documentary Producer Matt Anderson (Part Two)

The feature documentary From Place to Place follows two youth who age out of foster care and then set out to change the system that raised them. (The trailer can be seen on the film’s website.) We spoke to the producer, Matt Anderson.

This is the second part of a two-part interview. Read the first part.

National CASA: How is this documentary different from other films about youth in foster care?

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