Foster children need more help than the system can provide.
The everyday reality for many children is something no one should have to endure.
Abused and neglected children need more than the system can provide.
• A six-year-old girl rescued from an abusive father only to be bounced around to eight foster homes and six different schools over the course of two years.
• Four children separated from one another and placed in different locations after their mother was jailed.
• A young boy prescribed 12 different psychotropic medicines by healthcare professionals who have no access to his medical records or ability to follow-up on his care.
• A teenage girl kicked out of her house, and forced to sleep on a cot in the hallway of a group home until she turned 18—when all her possessions were handed to her in a garbage bag as she was officially “aged out” of the system.
These are not isolated stories. They are everyday realities of children in the foster care and child welfare system. A system full of devoted and deeply caring people that is simply too overburdened and under resourced to protect the rights and needs of vulnerable children.
The solution is a CASA volunteer—a specially trained advocate, appointed by a judge, who fights for the rights of children during the most vulnerable time of their young lives. A trusted adult empowered to ensure that each child is well cared for—able to find a safe, loving, permanent home.
But 60 percent of the children who need a CASA volunteer do not have one. Almost half a million children in the United States don’t have the hope a CASA volunteer can offer.
We won’t rest until every child has a CASA volunteer.
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