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Advocating for Hope: CASA

08/25/2014 10:04AM ● By Enjoy Magazine
September 2014

Every day in this country
, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving, permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. More than two million children have been helped by the program since its inception in 1977.

How you can help: Today, 60 percent of children in need do not have a CASA volunteer and every child in the foster care and child welfare system should have one. A CASA volunteer can make a lifelong difference for an abused and neglected child. People can also help by providing financial support or being someone CASA can rely on when critical policy decisions are being made. (Shasta County) (Butte and Glenn Counties) (Humboldt County) (Plumas County) (Lassen County) (Siskiyou County)