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Court-appointed special advocates are relying on the phone and internet to check up on Colorado foster children during the coronavirus pandemic.

All over the United States, adults and children have been quarantined for weeks with people who hurt them.

CASA of Southern Connecticut is participating in the Great Give and #GiveTuesdayNow through the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. We ask folks to consider donating now and appreciate donations already received! Contributions are encouraged anytime, but unique donors by May 6 will help qualify us for matching incentives.

Like volunteering to be Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), this is a valuable way to support our work in the New Haven area, with opportunities across the state as well.

We are part of the National CASA/GAL Association for Children and Connecticut CASA Association networks.

Studies of post-disaster violence point to increases in both child abuse/neglect and intimate partner violence. These risk factors are important to consider as our communities anticipate the needs of children in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis:

Amid COVID-19 and during Volunteer Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Josiah Brown of CASA of Southern Connecticut discusses the CASA movement and volunteer action more broadly--in the New Haven Register/Hearst Connecticut Media.

Our training and advocacy are continuing, despite physical distancing.

Amid COVID-19 and the advent of Volunteer Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Josiah Brown of CASA of Southern Connecticut discusses the CASA movement and volunteer action more broadly--in the Connecticut Mirror.

COVID-19 is putting our communities under extraordinary pressure. As we all scramble to adjust to our new realities, we must be especially mindful of risks that prolonged school closures and social distancing policies will pose to the safety and security of our most vulnerable children.

Connecticut CASA Executive Director Lauren Messner gives interview on Eyewitness News 3 detailing the CASA program and how you can get involved in Connecticut

As we speak, in February, 2020, more than 4 thousand children in Connecticut from birth to age 18 are in foster care. The current opioid epidemic has greater fueled this crisis. Children need advocates, someone to help speak for them, in the legal system, and that’s where CASA comes in. CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.” This is a national organization, but it’s just landing in Connecticut.
Hundreds of volunteers, selfless men and women, are needed for these kids caught in turmoil.
On NYBERG, we talk to the newly appointed Executive Director for Southern Connecticut, Josiah Brown.

(Links to a 15-minute video interview and to a 1-minute National CASA public service announcement are included.)

CASA By The Numbers

  • Children Served Nationally

    271,800

  • National Volunteers

    93,300

  • Connecticut Children in need of Assistance

    4297

  • Connecticut Children with CASA Advocates

    46

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