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06.19.2014

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CASA Reaches Out To African American Community

Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday that celebrates the abolition of slavery in the United States. It is a day to commemorate the achievements, history, and rich heritage of the African American community.

Unfortunately, there are African American children in foster care who often lose touch with parts of their culture and community traditions when they are removed from their homes due to evidence of abuse and neglect. These children can be placed in an environment that is not conducive to accepting and celebrating their cultural identity and heritage.

A CASA volunteer can adequately assess their physical, emotional and educational needs—information that helps the judge overseeing the cases make informed decisions. CASA volunteers work to move children out of foster care and into loving, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

“In Bexar County, about 9% of abused/neglected children are African-American. Only 12% of our volunteers are African American. It is important to provide children with volunteers who share similar backgrounds,” said Richard Cooke, President/CEO of CASA. “Children embrace their heritage from the positive role models who reflect them.”

“These children deserve dependable Advocates with whom they can connect,” said Cooke. “CASA is devoted to providing the best possible service for every child, and as a result, we are reaching out to the African American community to be advocates because this will allow more African American children in state custody to stay connected with their cultural identity.

Child Advocates San Antonio has successfully provided abused and neglected children in Bexar County a unique service since 1984. CASA supports 500 community volunteers who will advocate for 1,650 children in the Bexar County foster care system this year.

The best way to help is to invite CASA to speak at your organization to help spread awareness about this important issue.  For more information about scheduling a presentation or becoming a volunteer, please visit http://www.casa-satx.org/be-involved/volunteer or contact Elisabeth Reise at ereise@casa-satx.org

CASA Reaches Out To African American Community