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CASA for Kids, Sept. 2

"LORI"

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed for 17-year-old "Lori." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed Lori from her home because the mother was mentally ill, and the home was considered to be unsafe. Lori's father abandoned the family several years ago.

Among the CASA's responsibilities: Monitoring Lori's progress in her foster placement; working with her schoolteachers and guidance counselor, to help promote her education and keep abreast of the issues affecting her emotional well-being; attending monthly team meetings with Lori and her mother, foster parents and others involved in the case; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for this teen. CASA volunteers need to provide information to the court at report and review hearings throughout the life of a case.

At the present time, there is a great need for CASA volunteers willing to work with teens, as many volunteers prefer cases involving younger children. If teens, such as Lori, who is already 17 years old, cannot reunite with their biological parents and no appropriate relatives are available, they often remain in foster care until they are 18, at which point, they "age out" of care. CASA volunteers can have a powerful impact in helping such children become better prepared for independent living.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer for this case or a similar one, and making a difference in the life of a child, please contact the CASA office at 928-771-3165.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This child's name has been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and this child is not eligible for adoption at this time.

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