Last week, three members of the MN GAL board voted to interrupt management’s proposal to eliminate the volunteer CASA Guardian ad Litem Program.

This took great courage. After years of largely one-sided information and action by a management team that appears to have been fixed on obtaining a predetermined result – you have asked for more information.

Thank you, Former MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz, for your comments and questions at this board meeting. Your words enlightened board members of the need for an open and objective investigation into the CASA volunteer program in the effort to provide safety and stability to Minnesota’s abused and neglected children.

At least one CASAMN board member wants to know if Program Management kept the Cost Benefit Fishbone Analysis we (the CASAMN board) spent weeks compiling at your request for the MAD report that you initiated for your investigation.

This was a time-consuming robust effort, and it will be useful information for the State GAL Board as it moves forward in its investigation. If this complex work was discarded, can it be found? If not, why eliminate that amount of work on a topic you professed to want to be informed on?

There are many forces at play on Child Protective Services today

Parental rights, Racial disparities,

better tracking and reporting

of outcomes-based metrics in CPS

and the over-institutionalizing

of children in the system

(dehumanizing trends)

First, we need to save more children from

crimes being committed upon them

in the homes they are raised in.

KARA reports on the issues of invisible children

This article submitted by Former CASA Guardian Ad Litem Mike Tikkanen

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