CASA Volunteer Cross Assignment Appointments in Tribal and State Court - Imperial Superior Court and the Quechan Tribal Court

Technology/Tribal-State icon Project Name: CASA Volunteer Cross Assignment Appointments in Tribal and State Court
Court: Imperial Superior Court and the Quechan Tribal Court
   Links: "Imperial County: Notable Tribal Court/State Court Collaborative Efforts"
article from CASA for Children publication

Overview/Program Description:

The Quechan Tribal Court and Imperial Superior Court CASA Volunteer Appointments program allows for CASA volunteers to be sworn in by the tribal court and the state court, who can follow a child despite the separate jurisdictions of the two courts.

Both the tribal court judge and the state court judge created this program by reaching out to the existing local CASA program. Several meetings between the CASA program in the County, and both courts took place. The implementation of this program included the Quechan Tribal Council entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the CASA program to develop further purposes and to formally sanction the program.

Program Benefits/Savings:

The benefits have been culturally appropriate services, placements, and generally well-being outcomes have been demonstrated. Evaluation has been measured by subjective outcomes, improved services to the children and families served, less complaints.

Other benefits include continuity in advocacy and the relationship forged between the child and the volunteer as well as CASA volunteer connections to the tribal court and tribal community, which helps foster and strengthen the connections between the child and his or her tribe and tribal community.

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