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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?
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?
“I’m not bipolar. I’m just naughty.”
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.
Forty-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.
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?