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Oct 11
CASA services in the 3rd Judicial District transfer to a new nonprofit.

Family Advocates is pleased to announce the transition of its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program to the Third Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program, a new nonprofit formed on January 14, 2016.  CASA volunteer guardians ad litem advocate for the best interests of abandoned, abused and neglected children in Idaho's child protection system. 

The two non-profits have worked together for roughly eight months to facilitate the transition which is slated to occur on November 1st, 2016. Both agencies are looking forward to the growth of the CASA program in the Nampa-Caldwell area.

On August 16, 2013, Family Advocates, the provider of CASA guardian ad litem services in the Fourth Judicial District, assumed responsibility for providing CASA guardian ad litem services in Third Judicial District at the request of Children's Voices, the previous provider of those services.

Last fiscal year, courts in ten southern Idaho counties referred 1,091 children to the Family Advocates' CASA program—about half of those cases were originated in the Third Judicial District. The volunteer Guardians ad litem representing the children in those cases are dedicated people from the community that are trained and supported by the staff of the nonprofit.

Family Advocates Executive Director, Jaime Hansen, says "The board, staff, and volunteers of Family Advocates wishes the Third Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program well and looks forward to working alongside them. We believe that this collaboration will result in more volunteers recruited, more opportunities for shared training, and the ability to share resources across county lines. The Third Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program is made up of dedicated and experienced staff and we are happy to start off with such a strong relationship."

If you would like to learn more about how to donate or volunteer in the Fourth Judicial District with Family Advocates, please visit our website at; www.strongandsafe.org. Family Advocates is a Boise-based nonprofit that has 38 years of success offering family strengthening programs. If you would like to donate or volunteer with the Third Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program, please contact Nikki Kiesel at; nkieselgal@yahoo.com.