A Statement for our Difficult Times from National CASA/GAL Association

Contact: Sheryl R. Sellaway, sheryls@nationalcasagal.org, 404.695.5564

National CASA/GAL Association stands in solidarity against any kind of injustice, violence or brutality that inflicts undue harm on or disadvantages another human being. Racism is reprehensible and has no place in our society. We believe in the freedom of expression through peaceful, lawful, demonstration and that every voice has the right to be heard.

The inhumane and senseless death of Mr. George Floyd and the many others who have gone before him has rocked this nation and serves as a reminder that there is still so much work to do in our country to address the evils of racism and indifference that it can breed. It’s also a stark reminder that inequality, inequity and disproportionality exists across all facets of our society, including our work with children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

As an organization, we believe it’s important that we align with our mission, vision and values, inclusively understand and promote the well-being of our network and build cultural competence among staff and volunteers. By doing this, we are working to ensure equitable outcomes for all children, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.

These sobering times serve as a reminder that it’s going to take all of us, working together, to make life better for ourselves, each other and the children and families we serve.