‘Voices for CASA Children’ launches urgent needs program for foster children

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Voices for CASA Children is dedicated to supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates and providing a brighter future for the children they serve.

Now, thanks to a generous grant from Season for Sharing, VOICES can start providing immediate assistance when an advocate reports an urgent and/or unmet need on behalf of his or her CASA child, according to a press release.

Most needs can be addressed within five to seven days by one of the many organizations working on behalf of foster children in Maricopa County.

However, not every child is able to wait that long depending on his or her circumstances.  With VOICES’ new Urgent Needs Program, a CASA volunteer can submit an online request and hear back from someone within 24 hours. The goal is to get the child the help they need within 48 hours.

“Our CASA volunteers are so excited about this program’s potential to help thousands of foster children here in Maricopa County,” said Robin Pearson, executive director of Voices for CASA Children, in the press release.

“These advocates visit with these children several times a month, and often come across an urgent need that can be easily solved with a trip to a store, whether that be a clean set of bedsheets, a winter coat when the weather gets cold, or any issue that they notice needs immediate attention.”

To ensure the Urgent Needs program is a success for years to come, consider donating through the Voices for CASA Website: http://www.voicesforcasachildren.org/donate/.

To qualify as an “urgent need,” the request must be for items, services or activities that enhance a CASA child’s well-being and/or self-confidence, and cannot be fulfilled by another agency within its normal timeframe.

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