How is CASA Lake County adapting to the COVID-19 Crisis?
During this national emergency, CASA Lake County continues to support children and families as best as we can. In isolation, the dangers faced by our CASA children are amplified, and the attention of our dedicated volunteers can be more valuable than ever.
Lake County Courts are closed and the Department of Children and Family Services have modified their practices to promote safety and decrease in-person contact. We have increased our communication with children receiving our advocacy services and their foster parents whenever possible through phone and video chat platforms. We are working to provide families with local resources to help ensure that children’s basic needs are met including food, clothing, safe housing, and more. Additionally, we are sharing educational tools and ideas for activities during the stay-at-home order to help make this time less stressful and more advancing of family bonds and relationships.
We know that children who have been abused and neglected need as much structure and consistency as possible, especially in times of stress, so we are empowering children and families through a strengths-based and trauma-informed perspective, and we will continue to do so no matter what external complications may exist in the world.
Our Advocate Managers are connecting with our army of incredibly dedicated CASA volunteers to help answer questions, provide information and support, and trouble-shoot issues with our children’s legal cases. We continue to fulfill our mission of advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children!