Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) was formed over 20 years ago to support the needs of CASA volunteers (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) and the abused and neglected children in state custody with whom CASAs work. The Alaska CASA program is administered by the Office of Public Advocacy, but the state agency cannot accept donations ear-marked for the CASA program. CASA volunteers are community members who have undergone 40 hours of training in order to advocate for abused and neglected youth in foster care. CASA volunteers are supervised by a Guardian ad Litem and are granted the authority to speak with all individuals in the child's life (parents, teachers, counselors, physicians, etc.) in order to gather as much information as possible to present to the judge so that he or she can make the best decision possible as to the child's future placement and other needs. More often than not, the CASA volunteer is the one constant in the child's life.
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Friends of Alaska CASA provides education, training and other support to volunteer CASAs, and it funds activities and other needs for the abused and neglected children in foster care for whom CASAs advocate. FAC supports volunteer CASAs by providing them with regular training opportunities, funds to enjoy meals or activities together with their assigned youth, gas cards, travel reimbursement, and volunteer recognition. FAC supports youth with funds for camps, sports leagues or classes, and other, similar experiences. It also provides mini-grants for items when there are uncovered costs and other special needs, for example, prom tickets, needed clothing, etc. FAC purchases passes to such places as the Alaska Zoo and the museum, which offer the youth new experiences and help the volunteers get to know the children better. FAC provides financial assistance for the core (40 hour) training session in all areas of the State where Alaska CASA has a program -- Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks, Kenai, Juneau, and Bethel. FAC also supports Alaska CASA by staffing information booths at various locations to help recruit volunteer CASAs and also speaks to civic organizations about Alaska CASA.