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Help kids in need make good summer memories 

Summertime generally summons images of swimming, climbing trees, summer camp, road trips, and family reunions. What happens, though, if you're a child in foster care, living apart from your family, and unsure what the future holds? It's difficult to enjoy the carefree days of summer when life might unexpectedly change at any moment and when your parents or other adults in your life have abused, neglected, or abandoned you.

While in foster care, it is unlikely summertime will create magical childhood memories or dreams of daylong fun with friends and siblings. At CASA of San Luis Obispo County, we recruit, train, and collaborate with volunteers to help make the lives of foster youth better.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers work one-on-one with a child or sibling group in foster care to ensure their needs are met. Not only do CASA volunteers provide vital information to the court to facilitate better-informed decisions regarding the foster child's case, they also take the child on fun outings to have new experiences, help them enjoy the season, and make new memories. This summer, we invite our neighbors to help a child in our community by becoming a CASA volunteer.

Pete Skarda

advocate supervisor

CASA of San Luis Obispo County

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