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ERIC Number: ED485960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Peer Assessment and Compliance Review (PACR) Innovative Strategies Report. California Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Programs
Macro, Bronwen; Huang, Lee Ann
Berkeley Policy Associates
This report focuses on the innovative strategies study component of the Peer Assessment and Compliance Review (PACR) project. California (Court Appointed Special Advocates) CASA programs have developed many innovative strategies to serve children in their communities. At each of the programs visited during the PACR project, the team identified at least one, and usually many more, inventive approaches the CASA program was implementing to better meet its needs and those of their volunteers, children, the dependency system, and the community in general. Although CASA program activities are governed by CRC 1424, each local program is managed by an independent organization and has developed according to local conditions. As a result, CASA programs in California demonstrate considerable variation in their operational practices. Additionally, many CASA programs face similar challenges but have developed different strategies for addressing them. This report focuses on program-specific strategies that may be useful to other CASA programs as they face similar circumstances or opportunities. Many of the innovative practices developed by local CASA programs are in the following areas: services to children, program infrastructure, and collaboration. This report is organized by these categories, listing the various practices in use by CASA programs. It is important to note that many of these innovations were developed in direct response to the circumstances in a particular county and therefore may not be suitable for replication elsewhere. A list of the California CASA Programs is appended. [This report was submitted to the Judicial Council of California by Berkeley Policy Associates.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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