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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.) From Place to Place began as a 12-minute short film, released in 2009. We spoke to the producer, Matt Anderson. This is the first part of a two-part interview.
National CASA: Tell me about how this project began.
Recently, we added a new page to the blog entitled Friends of CASA, listing the blogs of our partner organizations and leaders in the child advocacy movement. We hope to share, from time to time, excerpts from our partners’ blogs that we find particularly informative.
The American Humane Association wrote about a Congressional briefing they hosted earlier this month on differential response in child welfare. (You may recall that Carmela Welte, National CASA’s deputy CEO, also addressed the issue of differential response in an earlier blog post.)
On December 20, President Obama signed the long-awaited reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). This legislation is especially significant for us, as it mandates that a guardian ad litem (GAL) must be appointed in any case alleging child abuse or neglect. The bill also specifies that CASA volunteers are qualified and trained to serve as GALs for these children.
Two of the strongest advocates for foster youth in the Senate are Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA. The two are co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and have been outspoken in their commitment to youth in the child welfare system. Recently, the two senators appeared on the national Dr. Phil program to speak about the importance of providing pathways to success for youth in care. Sen. Landrieu also made a spirited endorsement of CASA programs on the show and encouraged the audience to become CASA volunteers.