Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is working on how to help the silent victims of the opioid epidemic — the children.
Parental substance abuse isn’t new and CASA has always advocated for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect as a result of a parent’s addiction.
But over the last six years, the number of children in foster care across the country has risen 8 percent, which public officials increasingly attribute to the growing use of opioids. Sadly, it is expected this number will continue to climb.
There is a growing need for CASA volunteers to advocate on the behalf of children.
In Gila County there are only 22 volunteers to help more than 133 children get the support and services they need.
CASA of Gila County is working to grow its volunteer base.
An informational event is planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.
To learn more about the program, contact Patti Dremler at 928-474-715 or apply online at casaofgilacounty.org.