April 2018 Highlights

5th Annual Superhero Family Fun Run & Festival

This month, Voices for CASA Children is partnering up with the Arizona KIDS Consortium for a day of running and regalement. For the fifth year in a row, Voices for CASA is hosting the Superhero Family Fun Run & Festival. On April 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Kiwanis Park (5299 S. Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85283), parents and kids are able to enjoy food trucks, carnival games, a bouncy house, and much more. Mingle with super villains, make arts and crafts, and test your speed in the kids dash. The adult 1k race will begin at 10:15 a.m., while the kid’s dash will start at 11:30 a.m, so be sure to bring your running shoes!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and both organizations strive to protect Arizona’s kids. Voices for CASA Children coordinates organizational support for the Maricopa County CASA Program. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) are volunteers sanctioned by Maricopa County Courts who support at-risk foster children in search of a forever home. These volunteer advocates spend time with the kids one on one, and are able to give judges a more accurate picture of the child’s life. As a result, a judge has accurate information regarding the child’s needs, and can make a more informed decision that is in the best interest of the child. The continued work of CASA Volunteers makes it easier for children to receive the developmental services they need and maintain some stability, despite an otherwise difficult situation.

The Consortium coordinates the recruitment of foster and adoptive homes in Maricopa County, and is comprised of nearly 30 licensing agencies contracted with the Department of Child Safety. The Consortium aims to collaborate as agencies and with community partners to provide quality foster and adoptive homes to improve the well-being of youth in foster care. Additionally, representatives of the KIDS Consortium will be in attendance to answer questions about foster licensing.

This fun event is for families, and kids of all ages and all are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. Kids get in for free, while admission for adults is $10. All proceeds from the event will go to foster youth summer programs in Maricopa County, and your direct participation will benefit more than 10,000 local foster children.

For more information, check out the eventbrite page.

Written By: Christine Slomski

Christine Slomski Christine Slomski is the Marketing Manager for Voices for CASA Children, bringing with her a decade of marketing communications experience across a variety of industries between Arizona, Colorado, and Washington State. Voices for CASA Children recruit and support Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, by creating opportunities that help every child know that they are cared for and safe. Voices for CASA Children also engage the community to help drive awareness about the plight of Arizona’s abused and neglected children. For more information about Voices for CASA Children, please visit: www.voicesforcasachildren.org.

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