At the January meeting of the CASA Council they voted to extend our services to the CASA and DCS organizations in Graham and Greenlee Counties. Neither county have support councils.
On January 29, Ned Letto, CASA Council vice-president, met with Brandie Lee, Graham County CASA Coordinator and Lindsey Grimes, Graham County DCS Ongoing Supervisor to kick off the Graham County participation in Council Services. We are all looking forward to the beginning of this collaboration.
Sierra Vista currently has approximately 200 children in DCS care, Graham County currently has approximately 35 children in DCS Care, and Greenlee County has approximately 3 children in DCS care.
We are a nonprofit organization focused on supporting the local CASA Program. We provide financial support for both the CASA Volunteers and directly to children in foster care.
501(c)(3) Qualified Foster Care Charity for Arizona Income Tax Credit
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Southwest Gas has selected the CASA Council to be one of the charities for their Fuel for Life Program for 2019-2020.
The employees of Southwest Gas have generously pledged over $17,000 to the CASA Council to be paid in monthly installments through 2019.
The CASA Council sponsored a Christmas Party for all the children that have a CASA Volunteer assigned to them.
The party was held at the Peter Piper Pizza in Sierra Vista. In addition to pizza and drinks, the children enjoyed using their 50 tokens in the arcade area.
Thanks to Jen Dorris, a CASA Volunteer , each child also received gifts that were elected specifically for that child. Jen coordinating the solicitation and collection of the gifts.
Pictured from left are CASA Council President Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, CASA Council Vice-president Ned Letto, Walmart assistant manager Jackie Murphy and Council member Cochise County Sheriff's Office Commander Tom Alinen.
As a result of the generosity of people who donated to the Cochise County Council for CASA through the Arizona Tax Credit for Qualified Foster Care Organizations, the council, in conjunction with the cooperation and financial support of Walmart, will be able to provide unlicensed kinship foster placements with a $100 Walmart gift card.
The council is a volunteer support group for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. The program provides children in foster care with someone appointed by a judge to act in the child's best interest and give the child a voice in court proceedings.
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, president of the council, presented a $13,000 check to Jackie Murphy, Walmart assistant manager, for the purchase of 130 gift cards.
Children in foster care are often placed with families that are considered “kinship” placements. These are placements with which the child has a significant connection, though it’s not necessarily a member of the child's family.
Kinship placements are only given a very small amount by the Department of Child Safety for the care of these children. The CASA Council recognizes that these kinship placements are providing a very valuable service in the foster care process without receiving a great deal of compensation.
The gift cards will be distributed to the kinship foster families by their DCS worker in July.
In addition, the CASA Council is distributing $100 Walmart gift cards to every child in foster care that is assigned a CASA volunteer. In all, foster families will receive $13,000 from people giving Arizona Tax Credit donations to Qualified Foster Care organizations.
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help children in foster care. Together, we can make a difference.
For Arizona Qualified Foster Care Organizations contributions use code 10039