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Letter: Support CASA program

By Judy Walter, Vancouver
Published: July 26, 2019, 6:00am

Court Appointed Special Advocate program staff members work with dedicated volunteers who recognize the importance of every single child in our community. I have been a CASA for over 5 years, and right now, we are seeking community support for Clark County CASA. CASAs get to see up close and personal the struggles these kids and their families face every day. Is it always easy? No. Is it emotional sometimes? Yes. Can it be frustrating? At times. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

I have worked with many kids and their families over the last five years. I’ve lost some sleep, shed some tears, but have never considered quitting. Right now I have 7-year-old boy I have been with for three years. He is small for his age, has huge brown eyes, a huge smile and gives the best hugs. I have been the only consistent adult in his life over these three years and he knows he can count on me and tell me anything. I am hopeful we will be finding his forever home very soon.

I hope you can find it in your heart to donate to the YWCA CASA program and help kids like my 7-year-old. Please consider visiting the CASA website to learn more.

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