April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Throughout the month of April, Compass-Center for Families is calling on members of the community to help our program serve more of Sheridan and Johnson Counties’ most vulnerable children.

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer, however, will leave the foster care system two-and-a-half months earlier, on average, compared to a child without a (CASA)volunteer. Studies show children with a (CASA) volunteer receive more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate, and those children are more likely to achieve educational success.

A child may have multiple social workers, attorneys, therapists and foster placements throughout the life of the case but only one CASA volunteer, which can make all the difference for the child’s future.

 Compass-Center for Families is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 77,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 250,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected. In Sheridan and Johnson counties there are 51 volunteer advocates fighting for the best interests of 141 children but more children need the care and support of a CASA volunteer.

For more information about Compass-Center for Families, to become a supporter, to become a CASA, or to volunteer, visit www.compass4families.org or call 307-675-2272 in Sheridan and 307-684-2446 in Buffalo.

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