To The Daily Sun,
A baby is born addicted to drugs. She survives the painful withdrawal process and goes home with Mom.
Three months later she is hospitalized and her Mom is charged with neglect.
An 8-year-old girl is very quiet and is a good student. She loves to read and do crafts. She is in foster care.
A 14-year-old boy is very outgoing and loves the Red Sox. He lived with his Dad, but his Dad is now incarcerated. There were no family connections that could provide him an appropriate home or foster families available so he is living in a group home.
Would you be interested in volunteering to be a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and getting to know a child like this? Our volunteers receive a comprehensive training and then are asked if they would like to advocate for a child who has been the victim of abuse and/or neglect. Our volunteers meet with the child at least once a month. Volunteers also talk with various adults in the child's life. With support from the staff at CASA, our volunteers stand up and represent the best interest of the child in court proceedings. We ask that our advocates volunteer with the child for the time they are involved with court. While that time varies widely, the average time is two years.
We need more CASAs statewide, but have a critical need in the Lakes Region. We start a new training in May. Applications are available at www.casanh.org
CASA of New Hampshire