Just The Care They Need
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of foster parents who were receiving their ongoing training hours. I was asked to talk to them about all things CASA. I headed into the training space with handouts and business cards, eager to talk to them about what our advocates do each and every day.
What surprised me was that three out of the four of them already knew all about CASA! In fact, one of the foster parents is a long time supporter of the CASA mission and served as a board member for a local program. Two of the parents had inquired about becoming a CASA as well. (Our policy is that active foster parents should not serve as CASA’s as long as they have a child in their care.) Their concern and caring for foster children was evident in the stories they told and the love that came through in their descriptions of the children in their care.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. We have a critical shortage of foster parents in Mississippi and across the nation. While it is our mission to recruit more CASA’s, we know that there are people out there who would make perfect foster parents! We know that it takes a special person to take these children into their homes as one of their own. If you are that person, contact your local Department of Human Services office to find out more about how you can become a foster parent.
If you can’t become a foster parent or a CASA, there is much that you can do. So many children need our support. Together, we can make a difference in as many lives as we can. Our foster children are counting on you. Reach out and ask me how you can get involved.