Learn about Court Appointed Special Advocates program March 1

On Thursday, March 1, at 971 N. Jason Lopez Circle in Florence, members of the public are invited to “Conversation with a CASA.”

During the event, community members will be able to casually visit with staff and volunteer advocates and learn how they can have a lifelong impact on children living in foster care.

The informal meeting will be 4:30-6 p.m., according to a press release.

Volunteers with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program are everyday people appointed by a judge to review a case of abuse or neglect in Pinal County, according to the release.

These volunteers meet with the children involved monthly and become a regular and trusted presence in their life.

CASA volunteers report back to the judge in the case with vital information and remain involved until the court case ends.

Children with a CASA volunteer assigned to them are more likely to receive services and resources; twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home; and half as likely to re-enter the foster care system.

Very few children get the support of a CASA volunteer, according to the release.

“There is a record number of kids in foster care in Arizona right now and the professionals handling these cases cannot do it alone,” Ashley Flores, program outreach coordinator, said in the release. “Becoming a CASA volunteer is an excellent way to get involved in the system and help make a difference for these children.”

CASA volunteers must be 21 or older, pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of pre-service training provided at no cost.

The Conversation with a CASA event will be an informal and comfortable gathering designed to answer questions from the community.

A short presentation on the CASA Program will be given followed by questions and answers.

For more information on the program, call Ashley Flores at 520-866-7080, e-mail her at aflores@courts.az.gov or visit www.CASAofPinalCounty.org.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment