Thanksgiving is a time to reflect as individuals and families on all of the blessings that have been bestowed on us. It is also a time to pause and look outward to those people who are less fortunate.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program provides advocacy to children who are removed from their home through no fault of their own. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
During this season of giving thanks, while you are reflecting on the many blessings that have been bestowed on you and your family, consider those children that are less fortunate. Consider donating to CASA or becoming a CASA volunteer.
CASA Board Member, Ogle County
From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2011, issue