CASA of Gila County is celebrating Veterans Day on Nov. 11 by honoring CASA volunteers who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and continue to serve their community by speaking up for children who have been abused or neglected.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are everyday members of the community who are specially trained and appointed by judges to advocate for abused or neglected children in court. Their mission is to help the children move out of foster care and into a safe home environment as quickly as possible.

“To serve in the military is to live with a sense of purpose,” said Patti Dremler, program coordinator with CASA of Gila County.

“Many veterans continue to lead lives of purpose and service by protecting and defending the most vulnerable citizens on our own soil, advocating for abused or neglected children in the foster care system. CASA of Gila County pays tribute to all who serve our country realizing that some of our volunteers have served dual roles in both protecting our freedom and our children,” she added.

CASA volunteers are professionally trained to advocate for children in foster care. Advocates get to know one child or sibling group and speak to others involved in the children’s lives, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers and social workers. Their recommendations and the information they gather help judges overseeing dependency cases make informed decisions on a child’s best interest.

Currently CASA of Gila County is only able to serve 20 of the 93 children involved in the dependency courts.

Court Appointed Special Advocates don’t have to have any special degree or background. Advocates from all walks of life are desperately needed to volunteer their time so no child falls through the cracks in the foster care system. For more information, visit www.CASAofGilaCounty.org or call 928-474-7145.

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