Motivational speaker Derek Clark loves to raise lots of money for his favorite non profits. Derek was invited to speak at the CASA Fundraiser in Denver where delivered a very inspiring 25 minute keynote speech. By the end of the hour long breakfast, Derek had helped Denver CASA raise $125,000!
Denver CASA Executive Director Brian Brinkerhoff said “We had our best year yet! The comments about Derek have been great!”
Here is a little information about the great role of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and how it works with children and youth in foster care.
How Do CASA Volunteers Help Children?
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care. Read more evidence of effectiveness.
Who Are CASA Volunteers?
Last year, nearly 75,000 CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers helped 238,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training with their local CASA/GAL program.
Who Are the Children CASA Volunteers Help?
Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Each year, more than 600,000 children experience foster care in this country. Because there are not enough CASA volunteers to represent all of the children in care, judges typically assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult cases.
Find out more about CASA here
Watch motivational and inspirational speaker Derek Clark deliver an inspiring keynote at TEDx on The Power of Tenacity: It’s not about your IQ, It’s about your I-WILL.