My good friends the Baiers are active with a group known as CASA. They are having a fundraiser this week. Take a look at their poster.
What is CASA?
The shorthand version is that they help children with crappy parents.
The long version goes something like this:
In 1977, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. So successful was this program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the US Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA programs with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act.
Today, we have grown to a network of more than 50,000 volunteers that serve 225,000 abused and neglected children through 900+ local program offices nationwide. Our advocates, also known as volunteer guardians ad litem in some jurisdictions, are appointed members of the court. Judges rely on the information these trusted advocates present.
They rely on the CASA’s to do home visits with families and then report to the judge, and decisions are usually made whether or not the parent can keep guardianship. Most mother’s do want to keep their kids, so they will try harder; but every year they do take the kids from the parent.
It sounds like a pretty good group to me. Looks like a pretty sweet playhouse as well. So if you have a daughter or even a son that is a little fruity, seems like you could do worse with 5 or 10 bucks.