WTVM Editorial 10/25/23: Children Need A Voice
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - There are close to 16,000 children in Foster Care in Georgia.
And while the goal is always to reunite those children with family members, sometimes, that scenario does not play out and the foster child must remain away from family.
In many of those cases, there is no one to advocate for that child who hopes for a permanent home. That’s where the organization known as “CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates” comes in.
CASA volunteers get special training to be the voice that speaks up for the child, often helping that child find a safe and forever home...when a reunion with family isn’t likely to happen. Court Appointed Special Advocates are needed to amplify a child’s voice as they maneuver through the court system.
CASA trains volunteers to work on behalf of children who may have been abused or neglected, to get them the right kind of help so that child can experience happiness and success in life.
CASA is a United Way partner agency, with a mammoth job. CASA has declared the need for one thousand new volunteers, urgently needed throughout the state.
In our area, Chattahoochee CASA is on the case...helping advocate for medical or mental health assistance, or educational guidance...really anything that will improve the life of a foster child.
WTVM has partnered with CASA for a special telethon to be held November 2nd to get the word out about the often-unknown need for more advocates for foster kids.
If that sounds like something you might want to do, click HERE.
You may be just the person who can advocate for a voiceless child.
You could make a lasting, positive change in the life of that child, which would be a tremendous and rewarding achievement.
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