Date Contact: Name
Idaho CASA Urges Idaho Residents to Act Against Child Abuse
(CITY, STATE) – During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Idaho CASA challenges residents of (STATE/CITY/COUNTY/REGION) to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected.
At any given time, there are (XXXX) children in foster care in (STATE/CITY/COUNTY/REGION). These children come into the child welfare system through no fault of their own. (INCLUDE SENTENCE HERE ABOUT ANY TRENDS THAT YOUR PROGRAM IS SEEING – E.G. MORE CHILDREN COMING INTO CARE OR THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC.)
“The number of children (STATE/CITY/COUNTY/REGION) coming into care continues to grow and we aim to meet that need,” said NAME OF PROMINENT PERSON OR PROGRAM EXECUTIVE, TITLE. “Every child deserves the support of caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive.”
Throughout the month of April, Idaho CASA is calling on members of the community to help our program serve more of (STATE/CITY/COUNTY/REGION)’s most vulnerable children. (INCLUDE SENTENCE HERE ABOUT YOUR OWN PROGRAM’S CALL(S) TO ACTION(S) THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, E.G. DONATE, VOLUNTEER, EDUCATE).
Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a (Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/guardian ad litem (GAL)) volunteer, however, spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a (CASA/GAL) volunteer. Studies show children with a (CASA/GAL) volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being and are four times more likely to find a permanent home.
“(CASA/GAL) volunteers are a constant for the child in a time of chaos,” said (NAME, TITLE). “A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one (CASA/GAL) volunteer, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.”
Idaho CASA is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 87,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 280,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected. In (STATE/CITY/COUNTY/REGION), there are (#) volunteer advocates fighting for the best interests of (#) children but (#) more children need the care and support of a (CASA/GAL) volunteer.
For more information about Idaho CASA, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit (website address) or call (###.###.####).