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Ciara M. Huff Appointed to Serve on National CASA/GAL Leadership Council

BALTIMORE, MD – CASA of Baltimore announces the appointment of Ciara M. Huff, Executive Director, to the Urban Leadership Council of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association for Children. 

Serving a two-year term, Huff, along with child welfare leaders from across the nation, will play an integral role in voicing the unique needs of 948 local programs that make up the CASA and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) network. In 2019, the CASA/GAL network, with its 96,929 volunteers, served more than 270,000 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 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 efforts to serve more children in the foster care system while continually improving their outcomes,” said National CASA/GAL Chief Executive Officer Tara Lisa Perry. “We are so excited and grateful to have Ciara providing her insight and expertise as we strive to move our mission forward on behalf of all children who have experienced abuse or neglect.”

Ms. Huff is a Baltimore native who has a passion for serving children. She holds a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a minor in Human Development, and an M.A. in Legal & Ethical Studies and M.S. in Negotiations & Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore. Ms. Huff initially started as a volunteer advocate in 2014; she was appointed Executive Director in 2019. 

“I am thrilled to be appointed to this essential national role,” said Huff, Executive Director of CASA Baltimore. “As a member of the Urban Leadership Council, I am looking forward to sharing our victories and challenges to a network that helps us expand and improve our work across the country.” 

For more information, contact Ciara M. Huff at or visit the CASA of Baltimore website.


About the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem Association for Children

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children, together with its 948 state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. 

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