NORWALK, Conn. — Child Advocates of SW Connecticut in Norwalk are celebrating the passage of a new bill by state legislators that provides for Court Appointed Advocate volunteers to work with the most vulnerable children in Connecticut’s child protection program.
Last year, more than 8,000 children were victims of maltreatment and more than 4,000 were in foster care in Connecticut. Currently, only five percent of these children receive support from volunteers, versus the national average of 35 percent, said CASA officials.
The bill will vastly expand the support that Connecticut’s abused or neglected children receive from court appointed advocates. It will be completely community supported and funded, and entail no additional cost for the state, said CAC Executive Director Stacey Sobel.
“CAC is proud to have supported this CASA legislation which will provide a great opportunity to help our most vulnerable children,” Sobel said. “We look forward to a future where many hundreds of Connecticut’s abused and neglected children will find security and safety with a CASA volunteer advocate.”
Founded in 2010, CAC is a not-for–profit public charity that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who work to ensure that each abused or neglected child has a safe, loving and permanent home. CAC has trained more 125 local volunteers and is a member of the National CASA for Children Organization. For more information or to become a CAC volunteer, or to donate, visit www.ctchildadvocates.org .
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