BENEFITING: Court Appointed Special Advocates
EVENT DATE: May 09, 2015
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
I recently became a board member of CASA-NYC, which as a mother, is a cause very near and dear to my heart. CASA is an advocacy organization that helps bridge the gap between court appointed volunteers and foster children, to help ensure that foster care children are placed in safe, permanent, loving homes as quickly as possible. Due to New York’s overburdened Family Court System, CASA-NYC advocates are often called in to help with the most difficult and complex cases, ranging from physical or sexual abuse to children with severe mental or emotional disabilities. For many of these abused children, a dedicated CASA-NYC advocate may be the one constant presence in their lives—perhaps even the only adult who cares for them. No other organization exists to advocate in this way for New York City foster youth, and by providing individualized attention and being involved in all aspects of the court’s proceedings, CASA advocates play an invaluable role in a foster child’s life.
Next weekend, over Mother’s Day weekend, I will be loading up on carbs and running a half marathon in Bridgehampton to raise money for this cause and I am asking for your help. Any little bit goes a long way. Over the past year, CASA-NYC volunteers gave over 22,000 hours of service helping more than 1,200 children and I look forward to helping increase those numbers.
Thank you for your consideration and generosity.