Take time to volunteer, help area neglected and abused children

Dear Editor: For many children, spring is the time of infectious laughter, joyful memories, and incredible weather. While most would envision children with their friends playing soccer or building a fort, there are approximately 200,000 children, in Texas alone, that are reported as being abused or neglected every year. This is a severe situation that we cannot ignore. We would like to inform our community that April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, and May as National Foster Parent Month. This is a special time for everyone to think about what we can do to make every child feel loved. That is what Bluebonnet CASA is all about. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are people who fight to ensure that children have a safe and permanent home. A child advocate volunteer is a voice for an abused or neglected child. They are there to provide care and support for a child going through a complicated legal process. They do not replace the attorney or the caseworker, instead they help in ways attorneys and caseworkers cannot. CASA advocates play a key role in fighting against child abuse. Right now, there are 67 CASA programs operating in 201 counties across the state, including Bluebonnet CASA serving Mason, Menard, McCulloch & Kimble Counties. For more information about our CASA program please call 325-347-6474. This spring, will you take the time to volunteer in your community’ Together we can work towards the goal that every child who needs a CASA has a CASA to speak up for them. Sincerely, The Staff, Board, Volunteers and Friends and Bluebonnet CASA

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