CASA of Arizona and FCRB Encourage Involvement

Published by The Bee News

October 3, 2023

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PHOENIX – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Court Appointed Special Advocate
(CASA) program and the Foster Care Review Board of Arizona (FCRB) are encouraging the community to
act now and help raise awareness about its impact on individuals, communities, and children and
families.
The effects of domestic violence are far-reaching and not just for the partners involved but also for the
children who may witness it. This can leave children feeling anxious and uncertain. In some instances, it
becomes necessary to place the children into kinship care or foster homes.
Research indicates a strong connection between domestic violence and child abuse. CASA of Arizona and
the FCRB recruit volunteers year-round and train them to help children in foster care. Volunteers are
committed to advocating for the best interests of children in Arizona’s foster care system. Both programs
are administered by the Dependent Children’s Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court throughout
Arizona’s 15 counties.
CASA and FCRB volunteers are needed throughout the state. After being vetted, volunteers who are at
least 21 years of age are appointed by the court and dedicate an average of 12-15 hours a month.
As a CASA volunteer, you will visit the child, get to know their lives, and advocate for their best interests
by making recommendations to the juvenile court regarding services, placement, and permanency goals.
FCRB volunteers serve on a five-member review board that meets via ZOOM one weekday per month
from 8:30a to 5:00p. The Board reviews the cases of children in foster care, speaks with the interested
parties, considers appropriate services and permanency goals, and makes recommendations to the
juvenile court.
Anyone interested in advocating for children in their community is encouraged to apply at
AZCASAVolunteer.org or azfcrb.org.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence contact: the National Domestic Violence
Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, or the Arizona Domestic Violence Helpline Team at (602) 279-2980.
Follow us on Facebook @CASAofArizona and @AZFCRB and on Instagram @CASA_of_Arizona and
@AZFCRB.

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