As we reflect on 2017, many of us will evaluate what we accomplished and how we might make changes in 2018 to feel even more fulfilled. We at CASA of Merced County consistently hear from our volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates that their work with foster youth is by far the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of their lives.
In Merced County, approximately 600 children and teens live in the foster care system, taken from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. We at CASA train and support volunteers, then match them with a foster child to create a one-on-one relationship. Volunteers advocate for the child’s best interests and ensure his or her needs are met. In a life full of uncertainty and change, a CASA volunteer is often the only consistent, caring adult in a foster child’s life.
I encourage you to make a difference that could last a lifetime: Become a CASA volunteer for an abused or neglected child. Average service is from 10 to 20 hours a month.
This year, you can make an impact in our community and in a child’s life – as a CASA volunteer. Call our office or visit our website www.mercedcasa.org for information.
Cathie Lancaster, Merced