Program Recruiter for CASA
Thursday, September 24,
An ASA Zoom Webinar*
Child abuse and neglect are unfortunately common in the United States. Approximately 3 million cases involving almost 5.5 million children are reported in a typical year. The abuse usually occurs within the family. Risk factors include mental health issues, history of familial abuse, poverty, teenage parenthood and drug and alcohol abuse. Many children have to be removed from their homes and placed in foster care. This is where CASA comes in.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pima County is a volunteer-based program with a mission and purpose to advocate for neglected and abused children in the foster care system. Not only are volunteers forming consistent and positive adult relationships with children in care, they are advocating for their best interests in the courtroom.
Volunteers familiarize themselves with their child using case files, court documents and conducting interviews. Volunteers are certified by the Arizona Supreme Court and appointed by a Judge. They are essentially “The Eyes and Ears of the Court,” and are an important part of judicial proceedings. They speak exclusively for the child.
CASA of Pima County belongs to the National CASA/GAL (Guardians ad Litem) movement and has been serving Pima County’s foster children for the past 40 years. CASA of Pima County was the second such program founded in the United States.
Angie McBride is the Program Recruiter for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Pima County. She has worked in the child welfare field for the past 10 years supporting children and families through the dependency court process. Angie’s passion for children and families comes from her own personal history within the foster care system as a child and the professionals and volunteers that entered her life. She is a strong advocate for the CASA program and believes that every child is one caring adult away from becoming a success story.
Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village Volunteer
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