Make a Resolution to Positively Impact the Life of a Child in Arizona

Published by The Bee News

January 25, 2022

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The start of a new year often comes with a list of resolutions. While they are different for everyone, many commonly center on self-improvement whether it be related to health, career or starting a new habit. CASA of Arizona (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is asking Arizonans to consider making a pledge that would significantly impact the life of a child in need. On any given day, there are more than 13,500 children and youth in Arizona living in a foster home, with relatives, in group homes, shelters, or residential treatment centers due to being removed from their parent’s care. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges throughout the state to advocate for the best interests of these children in court and other settings.
“CASA volunteers help children in foster care by serving as a consistent advocate for a child within their case and before the Court,” said Charlie Gray, CASA of Arizona Program Manager. “They are there to build very real and meaningful relationships and give the judge a perspective of the child’s situation that they may not otherwise see.”
The need for additional CASA volunteers is great. Right now, more than 12,000 children need a CASA volunteer. For the volunteer, the experience is often life changing. It’s an opportunity to serve the community and to give a voice to a child that may otherwise feel voiceless.
“CASA volunteers get to be an important voice for the child they advocate as they spend time in their capacity to really get to know the child, families, and their situations through information gathering. They are our future, they need to know they have a future, and someone cares for them, someone is in their corner,” said one CASA of Arizona volunteer.
CASA of Arizona is seeking volunteers in all 15 counties to fill the caseload gap in the state and is seeking to expand the diversity and demographics of its volunteer base.
 “Arizona has a very diverse population,” says Savanna Hopp, CASA of Arizona Outreach Specialist. “We want, and need CASA volunteers who are just as diverse and who reflect and represent the children we serve each day..”
Volunteers with CASA of Arizona do not need any prior special training and can come from all walks of life. Anyone 21 years of age or older, who can pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of free training, is encouraged to apply.
To learn more, visit, www.AZCASAVolunteer.org.

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