Santa Barbara – National CASA appointment for Kim Colby Davis, Santa Barbara County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Executive Director

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County and the national CASA association announced the appointment of CASA Executive Director, Kim Colby Davis to serve on the National Leadership Council (NLC) for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. Davis has also served for the past year as a member of the National CASA Suburban Leadership Council.
Davis and other CASA appointees will be sharing their expertise with the national association about how service to local programs can be improved during key transitions of National CASA’s strategic plan.
“There are so many qualified candidates throughout the country. I’m honored to have the opportunity to provide input in the systemic restructuring of our work for children at the national level,” Davis said.
Davis continues, “There is a crisis in our country that, in my opinion, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Children are suffering. They are victims of the crime of child abuse, and it is our community’s responsibility to ensure their safety. It’s a privilege to offer my experience of more than ten years with CASA to this effort. I look forward to conversations on how to grow our network of CASA volunteers and provide more services to the kids who really need someone to stand up for them.”
As a member of the new council, Davis will attend workshops and correspond regularly with national CASA staff, as well as other council members.
According to National CASA Chief Executive Officer Tara Perry, the NLC goal is to build strong partnerships and collaborative strategies to “strengthen the foundation of the CASA member network … generating better outcomes for the abused and neglected children served by CASA.”
Nominated by her peers on the Suburban Leadership Council, Davis was appointed to the NLC by the chair of the National CASA Board, Bill Collins, and will serve with 15 other CASA Directors from across the United States. The appointed Directors will be sharing their expertise gained by serving abused and neglected children in their communities.
“The NLC was developed as a venue for state organization and local program directors to come together and represent the interest and views of the entire network, ensuring those views are raised with National CASA Board of Trustees and staff.” Collins said “The NLC will help the Board and staff build bridges into the Network and foster a sense of collaboration and accountability in carrying out the CASA mission and vision. A strong emphasis will be placed on the NLC guidance around the Association’s efforts to build capacity and develop strong collaborations and support to state organizations and local programs. The work of the leadership council will strengthen the foundation of the National CASA Association Strategic Framework. It will create new opportunities that will build state organizations and support local programs in ensuring that every abused or neglected child who needs one has a caring, consistent adult to advocate for his or her well-being.”
Nationally, CASA recruits, trains and supports more than 76,000 citizen volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in dependency matters, and in the courtrooms of their communities. The national office is based in Seattle.
“We have an opportunity and a responsibility to advocate for the most vulnerable citizens – our kids,” Davis explains. “In Santa Barbara County, more than 500 children are dependents of the court each year. CASA currently serves approximately 87% of those children, and that is not enough. I encourage caring citizens to join our volunteer team of advocates, and learn the difference it makes when you start with just one child.”

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