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TLC Children’s Services, Inc., sponsoring agency of TLC CASA, receives national grant

TLC Children’s Services, Inc. has been awarded a $12,105 Children’s Law and Policy Executive Leadership Program Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. TLC CASA recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

The grant will pay for Program Director Lainie Jenkins, to obtain a certificate in Children’s Law and Policy from Loyola University. This program was made possible by the long-standing relationship between Loyola University and National CASA/GAL. The Children’s Law and Policy Executive Program is one component of National CASA/GAL’s professional development initiative that offered grant funding for tuition costs for directors and staff members. This program has been customized for members of the CASA/ GAL network. CASA/GAL leaders from across the country will devote a year of coursework to learn about child welfare policy, study law and the legal system, and to amass leadership skills.

“This grant will provide our program with a deeper foundation of Child Welfare Law and Policy according us the ability to better analyze cases and statutes to improve our advocacy, thereby improving outcomes for the foster children in our community. Our mission is to give each child a voice in the proceedings, center the focus of the case upon the child, and ensure every child has a safe, permanent home, as quickly as possible,” said Sherri Howard, Executive Director. There are 950 CASA/ GAL programs nationwide, including 49 state offices. The federal grant funds distributed through National CASA/GAL are provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, as authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. In 2020, National CASA/GAL was awarded nearly $13.3 million in federal grants. About TLC Children’s Services, Inc., www.tlcchildrensservices. org Serving Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Jefferson, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington and Wheeler Counties, TLC CASA provides community- based advocacy that promotes safety and permanency for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. For information on how you can get more involved, call us at 912-245-9551 or 487-275-8100. Follow us on Facebook by searching TLC CASA.

About the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/ Guardian ad Litem Association for Children The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/ Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children, 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 help change a child’s story. To learn more, visit or follow National CASA/ GAL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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