Programs

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While CASA DC serves any child in Washington, D.C., we have created five programs to provide targeted support to specific populations in need.

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BRIDGES Program (Previously the JBDP/PINS Program)

Through the BRIDGES Program, CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to work with court-involved youth who have past or current exposure to the juvenile justice system. Advocates receive additional training on juvenile justice, and work with young people to support them through their journey in both the foster care system and juvenile justice. 

Family Treatment Court (FTC) Program

DC's Family Treatment Court (FTC) focuses on reunifying families who have experienced neglect due to substance abuse. The voluntary intensive program takes a holistic approach, focusing not only on sobriety but strengthening the family as a whole for a successful future.

Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Program

The Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) initiative was established in 2007 to better address the needs of youth transitioning from foster care into adulthood. The PYA program is focused on building necessary life skills and empowering youth to be self-sufficient and prepared for adulthood by their 21st birthday. 

EMPOWER Program

The EMPOWER Program was piloted in the winter of 2019 to better address the needs of youth who are survivors of suspected or confirmed human trafficking or sex crimes. The EMPOWER program is focused on empowering youth to overcome their trauma and ensuring that the youth's team is receiving optimal support.

Multicultural Advocacy Program (MAP)

The Multicultural Advocacy Program (MAP) focuses on providing effective and focused advocacy tailored to the unique needs of immigrant-origin youth, unaccompanied refugee minors, and culturally diverse youth.

CASA DC Clinical Services

With a trauma-informed model of treatment, our clinical program has been created to meet the unique needs of court involved youth. Youth involved in any CASA program are eligible for services as well as any youth who have been impacted by gun violence or substance abuse. Through individual, group, and family therapy options, our team works to provide youth with mental health services from a licensed mental health professional. We serve youth ages 2-21 and are available for consultation as needed to see what services meet your individual needs.