What exciting news for the teens in foster care here in Natrona County!

November 6, 2019

CASA of Natrona County has been awarded a $20,000 Promising Practices grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children CASA of Natrona County recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

The Promising Practices grant will be able to help CASA of Natrona County to better address the unique needs of children in Natrona County who are close to aging out of foster care.

CASA of Natrona County is creating a mobile store providing gently used clothing free of charge to youth in foster care. It will also provide teens in foster care the opportunity to gain employment and job skills with assistance of a mentor who will work hand in hand with them.

“Off the Rack” provides an exciting opportunity to provide foster youth aging out of care with real life work experience they can use in future jobs, as well as provide a store for foster youth to shop for free. We believe foster youth should live as normal a life as possible and feel confident around their peers,” said Chandra Ortiz, Executive Director of CASA of Natrona County.

There are 950 CASA/GAL programs nationwide, including 45 state offices. The federal grant funds distributed through National CASA/GAL are provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice, as authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. In 2018, National CASA/GAL was awarded nearly $10 million in federal grants.