In observance of National Foster Care Month in May, CASA Clark County greatly appreciates Clark County foster families who have opened their homes and remained resilient, as well as our CASA volunteers who have continued to make a difference in the lives of children during the pandemic.
On any given day, there are nearly 423,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States. A child in foster care may have experienced, physical, psychological and/or emotional trauma, only to endure long periods of uncertainty in the system as they wait to go home, be adopted, or simply see what happens next. CASA Clark County along with more than 900 programs across the country, serves more young people in the child welfare system than any other national organization. Take some time this month to consider how all of us working together can help identify the right mix of supports to establish meaningful connections for children and youth in care.
You can visit the National Foster Care Month website to find out how you can work together with your community to do the following:
- Share these inspiring stories to teach communities the importance of coming together to build meaningful connections for youth in foster care.
- Help educate the public by sharing information and resources. Use the hashtag #FosterCareMonth to help spread the word!
- Learn how child welfare agencies from across the country are working to change their culture and practice to ensure foster care is a support to families.
By authentically engaging youth and families throughout the pandemic our volunteers have contributed to increased family stabilization and expedited reunification and permanency for children in foster care here in Clark County. Having a CASA volunteer, a caring, consistent adult—someone who listens, checks in, follows up, holds the system accountable, and puts the child’s best interests before all others’—can make all the difference. Even during the current phase of the pandemic, as children and youth placed in the foster care system, families and surrounding communities try to regain a sense of normalcy, CASA volunteers are still needed now more than ever. Lend your voice for youth in foster care and take the first step towards becoming a CASA volunteer by registering for one of our upcoming information sessions.