C.A.S.A. stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. From their website: “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 become the voice for their appointed child. For many of our foster children, a C.A.S.A. volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives that is inspiring them, challenging them and motivating them as they navigate through the child welfare system together, hand in hand.”
To contact this staff or others in your area for a quick chat:
Main office location: 851 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. , #7A
Colton, CA 92324
909 881 6760
Maggie Harris- Community Outreach Manager
Satellite Office: Upland
1126 W. Foothill Blvd, #205
Upland, CA 91786
909 237 2741
*Diane Smyers – West End Community Outreach Coordinator
Highlights (podcast times)
(1:50) Who is CASA.
(2:30) Maggie’s story position.
(3:35) Purpose of CASA.
(5:40) Which kids are helped; their assessment.
(7:50) Advocate’s commitment, training.
(12:10) How the youth succeed, give back.
(16:50) More details for advocates; sibling support.
(19:40) How advocates are youth health advocates; explore alternative treatments.
(24:50) How physical play keeps these kids healthy.
(28:40) The emotional benefit to advocates.
(38:00) The number of advocates needed.
(40:20) Other options to help CASA.
(45:00) Dr. Tony’s wrap.
Being an advocate has benefits to you too. When you are able to help a child with their self-esteem and confidence, it can pay dividends for future years and decades. Spending a minimum of ten hours per month can help a child stay healthy mentally and physical to give them more potential to have a better future. If we want our next generation to succeed, can you play a small and important part?
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