Vail Daily letter: Volunteers needed
Ryan Summerlin January 7, 2014
A CASA volunteer is a court-appointed, special advocate for an abused or neglected child in our community. This means when a child, through no fault of their own, is suddenly “part of the system,” they have one person whose only focus is to get them into a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
A CASA volunteer listens to what the child wants, advocates for what the child needs, just wants what is in the best interests of the child, and communicates these things to the judge who is making the decisions about the rest of the child’s life.
When an abused or neglected child has a CASA volunteer, he is more likely to find a safe and permanent home, more likely to get more help while in the system, more likely to do better in school and less likely to be bounced from home to home.
A CASA volunteer is not an employee of “the system,” and isn’t concerned about budgets or what the child’s needs cost. However, if the CASA were, she would sleep well at night knowing that children with a CASA volunteer spend an average of eight months less in foster care and are half as likely to re-enter foster care, saving the system money per child.
Last year, Eagle County had abused and neglected children who did not have CASA volunteers.
There is an informational meeting at the Avon library this Thursday, at 6 p.m., and the next CASA volunteer training begins Jan. 25. Please consider becoming a CASA volunteer. For more information about the CASA organization or the upcoming training, go to www.mtncasa.org or call (970) 513-9390.
CASA of the Continental Divide