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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County, Inc.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Today we ask you to #GiveHope to children in foster care. 

As the pandemic continues, CASA's advocacy is more important than ever as the children we serve are out of typical routines and remain shut off from many of their providers. Like everyone, CASA has been navigating uncharted territory due to COVID-19, and we are working tirelessly to prioritize safety while still supporting our essential advocacy for children in need.  

We are acutely aware of the risks to children in foster care, disruptions to the reunification process, breaks in visitation, and challenges to older youth living independently who are struggling to cope on their own.  

The Marshall Project has done an excellent job summarizing the various concerns and additional vulnerabilities for already traumatized youth, which are being created through this crisis.  

To continue to protect the youth we serve, we have taken the following actions:

• Increased frequency of communications between volunteers and children, utilizing phone/video visits as well as outdoor, masked, physically in-person visits where appropriate   

• Case Supervisors increased frequency of check-ins with volunteers to ensure we're up-to-date on children's situations and are able to address emergencies  

• Activated Transitioning Youth Emergency Fund to respond to emergent needs of youth such as access to food and basic need items  

• While staff are working remotely, we are utilizing video application tools for case supervision, volunteer interviews, and training  

• Created a COVID-19 page that is updated regularly with policies and resources  

Together we can continue to protect children's best interests and be prepared to address the surge of children needing a CASA volunteer as this crisis continues to unfold. 

Partner with us to #GiveHope as we #GiveLocalTogether. Investments of any amount have a tremendous impact.

Today, a generous donor will match the first $6,000 in donations, dollar for dollar. When you click “Donate,” we will process your donation with a 100% match.

Thank you for taking the time to #GiveHope.

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