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Letter: Advocate volunteers change children’s lives


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From: Bryce Wagner

Columbus

Received: April 19

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 21-27, and I’d like to take the opportunity to extend my heartfelt gratitude to a particularly dedicated, passionate and committed group of people — our local Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers.

We all read the stories of children who have suffered as victims of abuse and neglect and wonder what we can do to help. In Bartholomew County, more than 200 such children enter the child welfare system each year because their families are in crisis. These children have done nothing wrong, yet their lives are in chaos because the adults in their lives have failed them. These children deserve more from us.

Our local CASA volunteers are committed to ensuring that each of these children finds a safe and permanent “forever” family in which they can thrive. These volunteers have made the decision to roll up their sleeves instead of wringing their hands at the challenges these children face, and their work has a profound impact on our society’s future and the prosperity of our local community. These CASA volunteers change lives, and each child they help sets a positive course for generations.

Last year alone, our CASA volunteers served 225 children in Bartholomew County, giving them the opportunity to live a life of hope and destiny, instead of a life of fate. Sadly, Advocates for Children still maintains a waiting list of more than 200 abused and neglected children who do not have an advocate to lift up their voice in court. So let’s all take a moment to express our gratitude to the volunteers who have already made a commitment to our community’s most vulnerable children and to consider joining them.

To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer and the life-changing work they do, visit apowerfulvoice.org.

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