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Sample Bulletin Announcements
- Volunteer with Voices for Children to help abused, neglected, and abandoned children in San Diego County foster care. To learn more or to get involved call (858) 598-2230 or visit www.speakupnow.org.
- With just 10-15 hours a month, you can help transform a foster child’s life. Become an advocate for foster youth and make a difference in the life of a child. Voices for Children provides more than one-third of San Diego’s foster children with the caring support of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). But, there are still many more children who need CASAs to speak on their behalf. Get involved! Call (858) 598-2230 or visit www.speakupnow.org to learn more and sign up for an Information Session.
- Volunteers Wanted! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) speak up for foster children in the courtroom, classroom, and community. Guided by Voices for Children staff, CASAs get to know their case child, facilitate communication with the case child’s team, and make recommendations to the Court to ensure that the child’s needs are met. Consider becoming a CASA and be a voice for a foster child who needs one. Visit www.speakupnow.org or call (858) 598-2230 to learn more.
Sample Newsletter Article
Title: Every Child Needs a Voice
More than 5,100 children pass through the San Diego County foster care system annually. These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment, and neglect. For a foster child, a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) can be the essential difference between a happy, peaceful childhood and one of fear, confusion, or even additional abuse and neglect. CASAs provide the stability, caring, and advocacy needed for these children to thrive. They often help their case children do better in school, live healthier lives, and learn how to trust adults again, and they ultimately help place them in stable, loving homes.
Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization primarily funded by private sources, is the only agency designated by the San Diego Superior Court to recruit, train, and supervise CASA volunteers for our community. CASAs are empowered by the Juvenile Court to become experts about their case children. Much more than mentors, CASAs have broad access to legal, medical, educational, and other records and professionals. CASAs make recommendations to the Court to ensure that the judge is informed about their case children’s unique needs and desires.
But more importantly, CASAs are a source of caring focus and stability. Take the case of Henry, who just turned eight. He has lived in foster care since he was removed from his home at the age of two because of his parents’ domestic violence, use of drugs, and physical abuse. Jody has been his CASA since Henry was six.
Henry: “Jody, I think of you as my sidekick—is that okay?”
CASA Jody: “Well Henry, I’m not sure what a sidekick is…”
Henry: “All superheroes have sidekicks. They are the people who take care of the superhero when his super powers are about to fail. They make sure he is okay when he can’t take care of himself. That’s what you do isn’t it? You take care of me when my super powers are low. So that makes you my sidekick!”
CASAs are ordinary citizens, who do extraordinary things. They listen closely to their case children and then speak up when it matters most—in the courtroom, in the classroom and community. And in the process, a child’s life is changed forever. With just 10-15 hours a month as a CASA, you can create a brighter future for a foster child. No prior experience is necessary—Voices for Children will provide all the training you need. Visit www.speakupnow.org or call (858) 598-2230 to learn more and sign up for a volunteer information session.