Voices for CASA Children Hosting Information Session for those Interested in Becoming
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Children in Maricopa County
(Phoenix, Arizona – October 10, 2016) CASA of Maricopa County and Voices for CASA Children have partnered together this year to recruit at least 250 new CASA volunteers to provide a voice for abused and neglected children in Arizona state dependency. With more than 13,000 children in foster care in Maricopa County and less than 600 advocates each typically serving one child at a time, the need for concerned citizens to step forward is crucial.
For those who would like to learn more, an information session is being held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, October 20, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, located at 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. To attend this special event, please complete the registration form on Eventbrite by Friday, October 14th.
At this information session, attendees will be able to get their questions answered by program staff, meet current CASA volunteers and even tour Western Spirit, Arizona’s new must-see attraction. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West was voted “Best Western Art Museum in the Nation” by True West magazine for its “extraordinary exhibitions and dedication to Western art and culture”. Complimentary parking will be available.
Thursday, October 20th
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Presentation
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Q&A / Museum tours
As an officer of the court, a CASA volunteer visits with the foster child and anyone involved in his or her life, from foster parents, to teachers and doctors. A Court Appointed Special Advocate serves as the eyes and ears of the judge and submits a report before each court hearing with recommendations about the child’s best interest. A CASA volunteer is often the most consistent person in a foster child’s life and is especially valuable because he or she typically focuses on one child or sibling group at a time.
Children with a CASA volunteer assigned to their case are more likely to receive services, spend less time in the child welfare system and are less likely to return to foster care. There are far too many children in care, putting continued burden on the child welfare system and creating an even greater need for volunteer advocates.
About Voices for CASA Children
Voices for CASA Children is dedicated to bringing a Voice to every abused and neglected child in state dependency and supports expansion of the CASA program in Maricopa County. Voices was established in 2011 and is an Arizona 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit us at: www.voicesforcasachildren.org. Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.
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