As many of you know, this year I am running the Chicago Marathon for the first time. I do not have to raise money to participate, but am choosing to do so for CASA-NYC, an organization with a cause that is dear to me. CASA-NYC advocates for children and youth in New York City foster care. They are volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) who spend countless hours fighting to ensure that children and youth in foster care have their needs met and their rights protected, and that they move out of foster care and into permanent, safe and loving homes as quickly as possible. They also fight to ensure that young people aging out of foster care have the resources and support they need to live independently.
I am on the Associate Board of CASA-NYC, and have seen how dedicated and passionate a staff and volunteer corps they have. I am so grateful to be a part of their community, and hope that you will join me in supporting their work with a donation. Any amount is appreciated, and every gift helps ensure CASA-NYC has the funds they need to fight for the city's children and youth in foster care.
For further information on CASA-NYC, visit their website: www.casa-nyc.org. For further reading on why their work is so important, see: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/nyregion/foster-care-nyc-jane-crow.html. Also, you can check out my family photos and listen to me ramble on about my niece and nephews, who wouldn't be in my life without the labor of those who work to make the foster care system one that better supports all the children, youth, and families connected to it.