#GivingTuesday November 30, 2021
Please join us for #GivingTuesday to raise $14,000 and sponsor (10) ten children in Kittitas County that have been removed from their homes by order of the Superior court due to abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.
Sammy’s Story: A Story of Resilience
Sammy received a volunteer court-appointed child advocate (CASA) in 2020. When she was first paired with her CASA, Sammy was living at the CRC (Crisis Residential Center) until a foster home could be located. She was assured by her CASA that a foster home would be identified as quickly as possible. The CASA immediately began to work with DCYF to ensure the girl received a clothing voucher, hygiene products and was seen by a medical provider.
Sammy had not attended school for two years and had been isolated in her mother's trailer, surrounded by substance abuse and allegedly a victim of sexual exploitation. The CASA worked with an educational advocate to have the girl's records gathered and schedule academic testing to ensure proper academic placement was established. This young woman went to school regularly, and as a result, began to achieve academic success. Her self-esteem and self-confidence grew. She had friendships for the first time.
Upon receiving appropriate medical, dental, and mental healthcare Sammy began healing from the trauma she had experienced. She was able to re-connect with her older sister and enjoy that family relationship.
Due to the tenacity and outrageous advocacy of the CASA, this child was able to develop the resiliency to survive the trauma she had endured. The CASA advocated for permanent placement with her caregiver where she continued to have a stable, loving, and nurturing home. This young woman has gone on to achieve academic success, obtain employment and successfully create a life for herself.
Learn more about Court Advocates for Children and becoming a volunteer CASA here.
What Your Gift Will Accomplish
With your support, more young people like Sammy will have the opportunity to thrive. As the saying goes: many hands make the work light. Together we can buoy the next generation and build a better tomorrow.
- Your gift of $50 buys the training materials for a volunteer CASA to get started.
- Your gift of $116 supports the advocacy of a child for one month
- Your gift of $250 sends a volunteer CASA to the state CASA continuing education conference.
- Your gift of $500 provides an opportunity for a child who has experienced dependency in Kittitas County to attend college through our Cooper Scholarship program.
- Your gift of $1400 supports the advocacy of a child for an entire year.