Support Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children
Our work has taken on even greater meaning during this pandemic, as the crisis is disproportionately affecting abused and neglected children. Experts in the field are sounding the alarm about the expected rise in child abuse, child sex trafficking, and domestic violence during this time in our history, especially with the economic stressors being put on families. While the need is increasing, our State funding is in jeopardy due to the increased need for State resources in response to this emergency. Our tri-county area is home to approximately 300 children that find themselves removed from their biological homes and separated from their parents and usually siblings. These children’s lives are further disrupted as they enter into the Court and Child Welfare Systems which are simply too over-burdened and under-resourced to adequately address their needs. One of the grave concerns that we have with the pandemic is the inability of anyone - CASA volunteers, child protection workers, or other stakeholders - to physically see the children.
From October 18 until November 30, 2020
Get moving! Join our movement to Change A Child's Story by providing advocacy to create stability for children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.
How does moving for CASA SHaW support abused and neglected children? Children without the support of a CASA Advocate frequently move 4-6 times within their first year of foster care. CASA Advocates help stabilize the transition.
What do CASA volunteers do? CASA volunteers meet monthly with their assigned child(ren) and meet as needed with key people related to that child's life - such as teachers, doctors, foster parents, and counselors - in order to have a complete picture of the child's circumstance. The CASA reports back to the Judge to let them know how the child is doing and communicates concerns and recommendations that they have about the child. CASAs are independent "eyes and ears" for the Judge.
So, let’s get moving!
Here are the basics:
1) Set Your Goal: Being removed from your family and friends is isolating and challenging. It is a HARD period of time and it looks different for everyone. We encourage you to pick a goal that is hard for you – is it a mile, 5 miles, 20 miles, or maybe 100 miles? Walk, run, hike, or wheel your way there. Set a goal that will be challenging for you to complete over the Masked Marvels 6 weeks. But don’t make it too challenging – pick something you can handle!
2) Set Up Your Page: On Go Fund Me Charity you can set up your own fundraising page linked to CASA’s page here, complete with photos of you, your story, and you can share why you chose to join the movement.
3) Get the Word Out: Every Masked Marvel Participant is committed to raising funds to support advocacy for abused and neglected children. (there are prizes for the most funds raised!). Reach out to the people you know to support your Goal. You can get 10 people to give $10, 4 people to give $25, 2 to for $50, or any combination in between.
4) Get Moving: Get out there between October 18-November 30th and hit your goals! While physical distancing, of course! Tag us in your photos @casashaw or #maskedmarvels
Masked Marvels, we are so excited to see what you do!