Now that you’re in back-to-school mode and starting to think about ways to get involved in the community this fall and holiday season, have you considered helping foster children? There are a lot of kids in Southern California foster care who need loving parents to advocate for their well-being. So, if you’re in So. Cal., thinking of moving there, or know someone who is, please check out or share the infographic below.
When most people think about helping foster children, they think about becoming a foster parent. While not everyone has the time or ability to become a foster parent, there is another way to directly help vulnerable kids in your own community that not many people know about: volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
CASA volunteers are matched with a child or sibling group, get to know them and the professionals on their case, and advocate on their behalf to make sure their needs are being met. The nonprofit Voices for Children provides all the training needed and support staff to partner with volunteers in Southern California on each case.
“If children are our future, then it’s parents who determine the direction of that future.” — Elle C. Mayberry
Here is an infographic from Voices for Children, which shows the “State of Foster Care in Southern California.” It shows how many CASA volunteers currently serve children in San Diego County, but they need much more to meet the needs of foster children this year.
If you want to make a real difference in the lives of children who are not fortunate enough to have you as their parent, please consider advocating on their behalf as a CASA volunteer.
- Learn more about CASAs: speakupnow.org/volunteer-2/what-is-a-casa/
- Become an Advocate: speakupnow.org/volunteer-2/
- Free Volunteer Information Sessions: speakupnow.org/volunteer-2/information-sessions/
Contributed by Connie Lam: Connie is the Development & Marketing Assistant at Voices for Children, a local nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that transforms the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care in San Diego and Riverside Counties.