A MESSAGE FROM JUVENILE HEARING MASTER MARGARET PICKARD
BE AN ACTION HERO
Connection is the basis of all human existence. It is the foundation for love, growth, encouragement, hope, and safety. However, during the current State of Emergency in Nevada, due to the COVID-19 quarantine, everyone is asked to “Stay Home for Nevada.” For a youth in foster care, that directive can be particularly isolating, as contact with their family and friends will be limited to video conferencing and phone calls. This next few weeks will be a particularly crucial time for CASA Volunteers to reach out to their youth with a phone call or a text and let them know that someone is thinking about them.
While in-person connections may be limited at this time, reaching out by sending a card or a care package, making a phone call or sending a quick text, will be particularly meaningful for a youth who receives very little contact from their family of origin. We can probably all remember a time in our life when we felt alone and needed to know that someone cared. For a foster child, that experience can happen on a daily basis. Having one person who takes the time to consistently connect can make all the difference in the world.