Friday, April 22, 2011

Kissing Pigs For Kids' Advocacy

It was not a “boar-ing” kind of fundraising event.  In fact, four fearless volunteers went hog wild for an abused childrens’ advocacy group and raised over $6000.  They "swined" over a charming pig, then sought sponsors--sponsors who put up the money to watch their friends publicly "Kiss The Pig."
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains volunteers to become "a trusted friend and security" for a "child who is victim of abuse of neglect and becomes a dependent of the juvenile court."  
The CASA website notes the following statistics for their county:
*       650 children receive county services due to their abuse or neglect
*       500 children are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court due to abuse and neglect
*       120 abused or neglected children have their own CASA volunteer to advocate for their unique needs and to speak for them in court

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