November is National Adoption Month, and CASA for Children is working to inform the public of the urgent need for families to support vulnerable children in the foster care system, a news release states.
Across Oklahoma, there are thousands of children in the care of Child Protective Services (CPS) waiting for adoption. CASA for Children is challenging more members of the community to step up to be a part of the solution by becoming a foster parent, adoptive parent, or Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
“There are so many children in foster care right here in our hometowns that need a permanent home,” said Suzanne Hughes, Executive Director of CASA for Children. “Our hope is to inform our community that there are a variety of ways that you can support children during National Adoption Month. If fostering or adopting is too much of a commitment, we want people to know that they can still help children find their forever home by becoming a CASA volunteer.”
CASA volunteers are everyday citizens from the community who are screened and trained and appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Volunteers are designated to serve one child or sibling group to evaluate their well-being by getting to know them and speaking with any and all relevant contacts in their lives.
CASA volunteers communicate their recommendations to the court to help children move out of the temporary system and into safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
As residents observe National Adoption Month and enter the holiday season, consider fostering, adopting, or becoming a CASA volunteer to ensure that all children get the support they need and deserve; giving them a chance at a brighter future, Hughes said.
Information: www.casaok.org or Jenny Crosby, (918) 686-8199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.