April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Volunteer Month. I could not be more grateful to all of you for the countless ways you have gone above and beyond to continue serving children through the COVID-19 crisis.
You are experiencing the same stress as everyone else in the world right now - worrying about everything from health to finances and from navigating a new work-from-home environment to ensuring your children's education continues. Yet through all of it, you continue to serve the most vulnerable children of our community. Thank you for your dedicated service!
You are all still making a huge impact! Earlier this month, one of you helped a foster teen obtain a computer and free internet so that he could take part in distance learning. Another one of you got to see your CASA baby laugh for the first time over video chat. A SEPT family thanked us for setting up virtual visits. One of you closed a case with a WebEx meeting that placed a teen in a permanent home. Many of you have kept in touch with the children and families on your cases via Skype, FaceTime, phone, and text.
Your dedication, combined with CASA's committed staff and the technology that makes remote work possible, has resulted in CASA not missing a beat during COVID-19. In fact, fourteen new advocates were sworn in this month in teleconference and zoom ceremonies, and we announced our first virtual advocate training which begins in May.
Our new normal has presented challenges and obstacles, but I am confident CASA will continue to move forward. Children who are at risk for abuse or neglect are more vulnerable now than they were before. As we expect to see a rise in child abuse during this time, we will make the necessary preparations to help all of the children that need us.
Thank you for everything you do! I hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and I look forward to seeing you all in person as soon as that is possible. If there is anything I can do to help you, please do not hesitate to reach out.