CASA in need of volunteers

Published: Jan. 3, 2020 at 4:50 PM PST
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There are over 750 children in foster care in Washoe County and they need your voice.

Judge Bridget Robb from the Second Judicial District Court said

is an acronym for court appointed special advocates.

"They are appointed to help children in foster care and help with their needs. So, if they need to see their siblings and if they're not fostered with their siblings, the casa can help to do that.," said Judge Robb. "If the children need to be in their home school or assistance with school, the CASA can help with that as well."

CASA volunteer Pam Mackenzie said she was looking for volunteer opportunities online when she came across CASA.

"It seemed like something where I could really make a difference in people's lives, said Mackenzie. "I could work for the historical society or the library but this seemed more real to me, more to connect with people."

Judge Robb added with approximately 102 CASA's, there is always a need for more to help our community.

"When they are the constant in a child's life, that constant helps. What we've seen is these children do better educationally, they do better socially," explained Judge Robb. "Because they've had this model, they're going to be better parents when they get out of the system and have children of their own because they've had that parental model and CASA's can serve that as well."

Mackenzie encourages everyone to volunteer, she says the smallest difference goes a long way.

"It is very moving," added Mackenzie. "I think a lot of the impacts CASA has is more evident down the road so I may not see someway that I influence the kids that I'm with but I think it's a very powerful thing."

On Monday, January 6th, 2020 there will be a coffee with a CASA event at Swill Coffee and Wine starting at 9:30 a.m.

If you can't make it, another meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 5 p.m.

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