As we look forward to a new year, many of us will think about what we can do to make our corner of the world a better place. We at CASA of Humboldt consistently hear from our volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, that their work with foster youth is by far the most rewarding, fulfilling experience of their lives.

In Humboldt County, approximately 360 children and teens live in the foster care system, taken from their homes due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. We at CASA of Humboldt train and support CASA volunteers, then match them with a foster child to create a one-on-one relationship, advocate for the child’s best interests, and ensure his or her needs are met. In a life full of uncertainty and change, a CASA volunteer is often the only consistent, caring adult in a foster child’s life.

We encourage you to make a difference this year that could last a lifetime: Become a CASA volunteer for an abused or neglected child. Average volunteer service is 10-20 hours a month. This year, YOU can make an impact in our community — and on a child’s life — as a CASA volunteer. Winter training begins on Jan. 30, 2019.

Steve Volow, executive director, CASA of Humboldt

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