Spring is a time of hope and new beginnings. But for the nearly one million children abused and neglected every year in this country, their worlds remain dark and full of fear. Imagine a little four-year-old boy whose mother has left him. He has no home, no comfort, nothing to call his own. This little boy is then thrust into the court system, waiting for strangers to determine his fate. And then imagine someone in the system describing this boy as hopeless. Just think of that– FOUR-YEARS-OLD and no future.
Fortunately for this little boy, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer was appointed as his advocate. This volunteer, like all CASA volunteers, holds dearly the belief that there are no hopeless children, only children who have yet to experience hope. In the case of this little boy, the CASA volunteer was with him throughout the court proceedings. As a result, this child found a safe home with nurturing parents who will soon adopt him. This is a story of a child’s life literally being saved. And this is one example of how CASA volunteers are giving abused and neglected children a second chance.
April is National Child abuse Prevention and Awareness month. Some might say this is an off idea; selecting the first full month of spring to represent something as tragic as child abuse and neglect. But when you think about it, April is the perfect choice. Spring is a time of new beginnings for abused children—changing children’s lives—is why we are here today.
Every day Bluebonnet CASA volunteers throughout Mason, McCulloch, Menard and Kimble Counties help children replace their world of fear with one of hope. Our volunteers are everyday people just like you. They are teachers, retirees and stay-at-home moms. The only special background or equipment you need is the heart to care for some of the most vulnerable children in our community, and their determination to do something about it.
Bluebonnet CASA volunteers are everyday heroes as well. They have the power to change children’s lives. Since the fall of 2002, 9 CASA volunteers helped 87 children find safe, permanent homes and the opportunity for better lives. But there are still many children in Mason, McCulloch, Menard and Kimble Counties in need of a CASA volunteer.
If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in a child’s life, now is the time. A child is waiting and you have the power to help. Please consider becoming a CASA volunteer and bring hope back into a child’s life. For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer contact Bluebonnet CASA at 325-347-6474.