Universities often fail to adequately prepare students for the complex realities of child protection. Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) exists as a dynamic academic program that spans various disciplines, empowering students to confidently recognize, react to, and respond effectively to child maltreatment. Since its establishment in 2004, CAST has been successfully implemented in over 90 academic institutions across 30 states.
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Discover the unique advantages of the CAST curriculum. Whether you're seeking a concise introduction to CAST (see our one-sheet intro), need compelling talking points to engage your administration, or want to spark enthusiasm with our Toolkit 'marketing' document, this section provides the essential resources to understand and promote the unparalleled benefits of CAST in child advocacy education. Dive in and find out why CAST stands out.
Bridging the Gap
Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) is currently implemented in over 90 programs, including universities, law schools, medical schools, and seminaries across the United States and internationally. University administrations may wonder if CAST programming will be sought after by students when discussing the implementation of CAST curriculum.
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Through CAST, students gain hands-on experience, essential skills, and comprehensive knowledge, enabling them to:
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CAST is implemented in over 31 states and growing. Take the next step toward preparing future child protection workers and sign up to become a CAST institution today by contacting [email protected].
CAST Impact, Accolades, and Resources
Through our Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities for Child Protection Professionals grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), CAST supports the training of future mandated reporters and child protection professionals across the country. Check out our resources, roundtables and reports to see what CAST has been up to.
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