6/28/2022 – CASA of Children’s Trust announces the appointment of Sammi Rader, CASA Program Director to the Suburban Leadership Council of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children.

Serving a two-year term, Rader, along with child welfare leaders from across the nation, will play an integral role in voicing the unique needs of 950 local programs that make up the CASA and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) network. In 2021, the CASA/GAL network, with its 93,225 volunteers, served more than 242,236 children who have experienced abuse and neglect. With more than 407,000 children entering foster care on any given day, the leadership council will focus its efforts on ensuring that the network achieves its mission of serving all children through best-interest advocacy.

“The National CASA/GAL Leadership Councils are a vital part of our efforts to serve more children in the foster care system, while continually improving their outcomes,” said National CASA/GAL Chief Executive Officer, Tara Lisa Perry. “We are so excited and grateful to have Sammi providing her insight and expertise as we strive to move our mission forward on behalf of all children who have experienced abuse or neglect.”

“I am honored to be appointed to this important national role,” said Rader, Program Director of CASA of Children’s Trust. “As a member of the Roanoke Valley, I’m looking forward to bringing our successes and challenges to a network that help us get better as we improve our work across the nation.”

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About the National Court Appointed Special Advocate®

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate, together with its 950 state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. National CASA/GAL offers leadership and support to the network of programs and leads its continued growth. CASA/GAL volunteers and staff work every day to advocate for children, youth and families. To learn more, visit nationalcasagal.org.

CASA of Children’s Trust is a program of Children’s Trust Roanoke Valley. Since 1979, Children’s Trust has served the children and families of Virginia through our five child abuse prevention, education and advocacy programs: CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates, Healthy Families Roanoke Valley, Children’s Advocacy Centers, Roanoke Trauma Informed Community Network and Children First. Visit www.roact.org for more information.