CAN Council Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program Director, Katherine Griffiths, has received two highly-commendable distinguishments through the National CASA Association for Children. Griffiths is one of 12 selected among 45 applicants to participate in Loyola University’s Children’s Law and Policy Executive Program and was recently appointed to serve on the Urban Leadership Council of the National CASA Association for Children.

Because of Griffiths’ strong advocacy and commitment to children, National CASA will be funding tuition costs for Griffiths to participate in the Children’s Law and Policy Executive Program. National CASA has partnered with Loyola University’s Children’s Law Center to cultivate a collaborative relationship that has led to the development of a certificate program tailored for the CASA network in Children’s Law and Policy. Loyola University, located in Chicago, Illinois, has been named the top law school in the country for child and family law.

CAN Council President/CEO Emily Yeager commends Katherine for these recent accomplishments, “Over the past five years, Katherine has personally advocated for eight children in our court system due to abuse or neglect. Truly, Katherine believes in the role our CASA Volunteers play in the lives of vulnerable children and brings her experience in the role to her volunteer management adding credibility and wisdom to the guidance she provides. Her leadership has been evident since her time as a CASA Supervisor, and I’m eager to see her utilize her Loyola education and her role on National CASA’s Urban Leadership Council to further expand our program and its impact in the lives of our children,” states Yeager.

To learn more about CAN Council’s CASA program and upcoming CASA volunteer opportunities, visit