For many children in foster care, this holiday season will be the first one they spend away from the home they've known, their siblings, extended family, and friends. Imagine how difficult it must be to be living in a different home, with new people all around you, wondering where you will be this time next year. It must be a struggle for them to build relationships with the new people in their lives and adopt others' holiday traditions.
However, volunteer CASAs, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, help children and teens navigate life in the foster care system. They get to know the child, and often become the most consistent adult presence in their life. More than mentors, CASA volunteers provide information to juvenile court judges that helps them make better-informed decisions in a foster child's case.
We at CASA of San Luis Obispo County recruit, train, and supervise CASA volunteers, and are immensely grateful to them for their compassionate service and dedication to foster youth.
This holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to CASA of San Luis Obispo County at slocasa.org so that we may recruit and train more CASA volunteers, and give more foster youth the priceless advocacy they need and the attention they deserve.
Teresa Rothe Tardiff
CASA of San Luis Obispo County