CASA Youth Advocates, Inc. today announces the appointment of Leigh Anne McKelvey, Executive Director of CASA Youth Advocates, Inc. to the Suburban Leadership Council of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Association for Children.
Serving a two-year term, McKelvey, along with child welfare leaders from across the nation, will play an integral role in voicing the unique needs of more than 950 local programs that make up the National CASA/GAL network. In 2019, the National CASA/GAL network, with its approximately 93,300 volunteers, served more than 271,000 children who have experienced abuse and neglect. With more than 400,000 children in foster care on any given day, the leadership council will focus its efforts on ensuring that the network achieves its mission of serving all children through best-interest advocacy.
“The Leadership Councils are a vital part of our initiatives to serve more children in the foster care system, while continually improving their outcomes,” said Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer of National CASA/GAL Association for Children. “We are thankful to have Leigh Anne share her expertise as we seek to move our mission and vision forward on behalf of all children who have experienced abuse or neglect.”
McKelvey was appointed Executive Director of CASA Youth Advocates, Inc. in 2018. She has been with the organization since 2007, previously serving as assistant executive director. From the beginning of her career, McKelvey has been involved with different CASA organizations in in some capacity, dedicating over 16 years of service under the CASA model. She earned her Master’s of Social Work with a certificate in child welfare from the University of Pittsburgh and brings a unique perspective to her role as the sibling of two younger sisters adopted from the child welfare system.
“I am honored to be appointed to the co-chair role of the Suburban Leadership Council, “said McKelvey. “I’m looking forward to collaborating and bringing perspective from our organization in Pennsylvania’s Delaware and Chester counties that will help us continuously improve the way we serve children in our community.”