The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Bonnie Finney lost her grandson to an unthinkable but harsh reality: physical abuse from his parents. An event like this is inexcusable, but it’s prevalent now, right here in Texas. According to childhelp.org, more than 4 children die each day as a result of child abuse in their own home. You can do something in your community to work to prevent this issue.
Volunteering with Bluebonnet CASA of Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble Counties is a positive step towards protecting our children from abuse and neglect. A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer gives a ‘voice’ to the child they are responsible for and acts as the "eyes and ears" for a judge. As an advocate for their child, they investigate, research, and complete tasks that ensure the successful outcome for their child’s future, while they go through a tedious court and foster care process.
Often the CASA is the only person the child has to turn to during the difficult process of change in their lives. The CASA does not work as the caseworker or attorney, instead they help in ways a caseworker or attorney cannot. Last year, more than 4,700 trained CASA volunteers worked diligently to find permanent homes for approximately 20,000 abused and neglected children. CASAs play a key role in these children’s lives and are, in the children’s eyes, irreplaceable as well.
After losing her grandson to abuse, Bonnie Finney tied a blue ribbon to the antennae of her car to create awareness about child abuse. The color blue reminded Bonnie of her grandson’s bruised body and her commitment to involve everyone she met in the battle against child abuse.
The Blue Ribbon Pin is just one way to bring attention to the problem of child abuse. This April you can do more—You can give a voice to a child in your community by becoming a CASA volunteer.
Bluebonnet CASA is currently advocating for 42 children in the court system. For more information, contact Bluebonnet CASA at 325-347-6474, or visit www.bluebonnetcasa.org.