angelahendersonAngela Henderson, Executive Director of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma has been appointed by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association as a member of its newly formed Suburban Leadership Council.

Four Leadership Councils (Urban, Suburban, Rural, and Tribal) have been organized by the National CASA Association with members representing their peers from similar size programs.  Each council will advise and provide support to the National CASA Association in its work on behalf of state organizations and local programs, by sharing expertise and providing input and guidance.

“Through strong partnerships and collaborative strategies, together we will strengthen the foundation of the CASA/GAL member network, create pathways for sustainable organizational growth, and generate better outcomes for the abused and neglected children served in the communities we serve,” said Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer of National CASA Association.

Henderson was appointed along with 11 other CASA directors from across the country and will be sharing expertise she has gained by serving abused and neglected children through court appointed advocacy in Rogers, Mayes, Craig, Ottawa, and Delaware counties in Oklahoma.

“This engagement with state and local members is rooted in the National CASA Association Strategic Framework,” said Perry. “We are very appreciative and excited to have this level of talent serving on the Suburban Leadership Council working together to look at the unique needs of abused and neglected children in suburban communities.”

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is a network of almost 1,000 programs that recruit, train and support more than 76,000 citizen-volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtrooms of their communities. The only program of its kind, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are empowered by the courts to provide children with one-on-one advocacy. CASA volunteers see their assigned children regularly and interview all the adults who impact their lives. Volunteer advocates offer judges the critical information they need to ensure each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care, staying with the child until he/she is placed in a loving permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

For more information about the National CASA Association, visit www.casaforchildren.org. For additional information about Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, visit www.cano-casa.com. CANO is a member of the United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties and the Ottawa County United Way.