|Updates from the State Capitol
2019 is off to a busy and exciting start for Connecticut CASA Association
. After spending the Fall setting up our new Hartford office and organizational infrastructure, Executive Director, Lauren Messner is now focused on building relationships with policy makers and stakeholders throughout the state to raise awareness about our CASA mission and plans.
Connecticut CASA Association has been closely tuned in to the policy discussions at the Capitol following the inauguration of Governor Ned Lamont in January. On January 5, Lauren attended the Connecticut Association for Human Services’ presentation of the 2018 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book
at the Legislature. The presentation and panel discussions highlighted concerning disparities in outcomes for children between Connecticut’s wealthiest and poorest communities; particularly when disaggregated according to race and ethnicity. Lauren will be following related policy discussions at the Legislature and seeking to identify ways in which CASA programs can help address these issues.
Lauren has also recently been named as CASA's representative on the Governor’s Task force on Justice for Abused Children
We look forward to partnering with our colleagues throughout the state in addressing child welfare-related policy challenges as our organization grows. We are eager to help improve outcomes for Connecticut’s children by providing additional comprehensive support for those children who have experienced abuse or neglect.