REUNIFY

June is National Reunification Month. When children must be removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, it is the intention that children will be able to return to a safe home, and most do. 

Parents work very hard to make changes so that they can safely parent their children. However they do not do this by themselves. Foster parents, attorneys, social workers, therapists, and judges overseeing the case all help the family do what they need to do to make these changes. Studies show that children who live with relatives often have much better outcomes than children raised in congregate care. For this reason, we at Amador CASA work so that all children can safely be returned to their families. 

A Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA is one support that can help families. These highly trained volunteers are assigned to one child or sibling group initially in foster care, and stay with the child or children until the case is resolved. CASAs are appointed by the judge and report to the judge on the best interests of the child. They are able to monitor and report on progress made by the family, and the needs and wishes of the child or children they serve. 

Here in Amador County we have 12 children waiting for a CASA to support them and help them either safely reunify, or find a safe and permanent home. Our CASAs report that serving in this capacity is an extraordinary opportunity and enriches their lives as well as their assigned children. To make a lasting difference in the life of a child as a CASA volunteer, please contact us at 209-257-1980 Extension 108 or jstettler@nexusyfs.org.