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CASA of Dunklin County

April 7, 2012 Fundraiser
with Jerry Ford Orchestra
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Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can’t — or won’t — take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers, and more. Hopefully, one of these strangers is a CASA volunteer

Today, approximately 780,000 children in the US are caught up in the court and child welfare maze because they are unable to live safely at home.

Last year, more than 68,000 CASA volunteers served more than 240,000 abused and neglected children through 1,018 program offices. CASA volunteers have helped more than two million abused children since the first program was established in 1977.

CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time — and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

Success Story

“it was like I was buried alive…I couldm’t find my way out.”
These are the words of Angela, a girl who was abandoned multiple times. “I felt like a lost puppy dog, sure someone might come along and want me.” she said “Unwanted” and “buried alive” is how boys and girls taken from their homes often feel. Everything they’re familiar with is suddenly gone and they are cast into an unknown world of strange surroundings, social workers and court rooms.

That’s where CASA volunteers step in
“She listened to me and believed in me” Kids in foster care need a voice; they need someone who will listen.

Angela’s CASA volunteer, Karen, did this. “Nobody else would listen to my side of the story,” Angela said, “but Karen listened to me and had faith in me.” Angela is now thriving as a young adult and as a student in college. She survived the trauma of abuse and neglect and credits her CASA volunteer for her success.


 

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