Think of the holiday season. For most people, happy memories and being surrounded by loved ones come to mind. For children in the foster care system, it can be a harsh reminder of what is missing – family.
There are more than 13,000 children in Arizona spending the holidays away from their parents and often from their siblings, too. While caretakers may try to make the day special, all the excitement of the holidays can leave children in foster care feeling very alone. With the help of the community, more children can find hope for the holidays.
If you find it in your heart this holiday season, this is an invitation to join CASA of Coconino County, in whatever capacity you can. Not a single one of us has the power to change these children’s past – what they have seen, what they have done, what they have suffered.
Every one of us has the power to change their future. All it takes is the heart to do so.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA advocates) are everyday community members who donate their time to be the voice for a child. CASA volunteers are the eyes and ears of the judge in the community. Children with a CASA advocate are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to succeed in school, and are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system.
No specific background or training is needed to become a volunteer CASA advocate. Anyone 21 years of age or older who can pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of free training is encouraged to apply.
CASA of Coconino County will be hosting Zoom presentations via Facebook for anyone interested in learning more about the CASA program and volunteer duties. Stay up-to-date on community events by liking us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CASAofCoconinoCounty.
For more information, visit CASAofCoconinoCounty.org. FBN
By Felicia Bicknell
Felicia Bicknell is the recruitment & training coordinator for CASA of Coconino County, located at 1001 E. Sawmill Road. For information, call 928-856-2553, email Bicknell at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CASAofCoconinoCounty.org.
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