|Court Appointed Special Advocates
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children recruits, trains and supports citizen-volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the community and in the courtroom. A CASA volunteer is directly empowered by the courts to provide one-to-one advocacy for abused and neglected children.
This unique blend of private support, public need and the kind of people power that comes from 77,000 volunteers leverages each dollar of investment to achieve unprecedented results. In fact, several studies, including a report by the U.S. Department of Justice, have validated the work of CASA volunteers.
A CASA CHILD
A child with a CASA volunteer is:
- Half as likely to re-enter foster care
- Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care
- More likely to do better in school
- More likely to be adopted
- More likely to have a positive attitude towards the future, an ability to work with others and to resolve conflicts
Since its founding by a family court judge in 1977, CASA for Children has helped assure a safe transition to a loving home for more than 2 million children in foster care. Here are a few more numbers:
- 946 community-based CASA programs
- 77,000 CASA volunteers
- 234,000 children served in 2011
- 1 paid CASA staff supports 30 volunteers who serve 75 children!
But there is a far more important number: 400,000
400,000 children in America who are still waiting for their volunteer. Waiting for that one trusted adult who will stick with them until their case is resolved. Waiting because today CASA for Children can serve only 35% of the children in the foster care system.
|Letter from Paulina November 2012
|Letter from Etzer December 2012
Zambia, Africa Child Sponsorship
At the OMNI School in Zambia
"Whatever you didfor one of the least of these brothers of mine, you didfor me. Mathew 25:40
Orphan Medical Network International provides health care, education, food, and community development in a Christian atmosphere. The OMNI School, the Morgan Harrington Educational Wing, cafeteria, crops, grinding machines, laying hens, and wells for clean water are located on our 60 acres of land in Zambia. Our staff consists of 7 teachers and a social worker, who along with our missionaries work with and care for 233 students in grades I - 7. Volunteer medical teams from the US provide comprehensive care to our children and surrounding villages annually.
Your sponsorship of $30 each month provides your child with an education and a hot meal daily. All of our children were chosen as they are too impoverished to attend a government school.
Please make your check payable to: OMNI and mail to 6930 Empire Lane, Roanoke, VA 24018.
OMNI is a 50lc3 nonprofit organization.
Child Sponsorship Coordinator: Chriss Ross 5401772-4334
|OMNI - Orphan Medical Network International
Since it’s founding in 1989, Orphan Medical Network International (OMNI) has focused on medical care for orphans around the world. OMNI’s
mission has taken them to Russia, South Korea, Philippines, Romania and now Zambia.The infectious passion of Karen ReMine, RN and her husband, Dr. Steve ReMine, founders of OMNI, has now spread to many who participate in OMNI’s mission around the world.Since 2001, OMNI has had a major influence on the care of orphaned and vulnerable children in the Copperbelt Province of northern Zambia. Medical teams consisting of physicians, nurses and support staff have made several trips to that area. The effort began with mobile medical clinics and has grown into hiring of local medical staff for sustained care, the building and staffing of orphanages and most recently the opening of schools supported by OMNI.After several trips to Zambia to experience the needs, OMNI’s mission has been refocused to a more holistic approach. OMNI’s foundation in providing health care for orphans remains a strong commitment. However, the mission has grown to to serve orphans and vulnerable children and the communities in which they live through education and community development.
OMNI’s entire staff is volunteer and receives no salary. The board of directors consists of committed business professionals and community leaders who also volunteer their time.
|Cure Childhood Cancer Association
Cure Childhood Cancer Association
Improving the lives of families coping with childhood cancer or blood disorders by providing emotional, educational and financial assistance.
CURE Childhood Cancer Association is a nationally recognized innovator in peer to peer support for families with children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. For over 35 years, CURE has been the forerunner in developing the concept of parent advocacy, long-term educational assistance and peer-to-peer support. CURE encourages and assists children, young adults and their families in Rochester and the surrounding region to realistically face diagnosis and treatment cope with their fears and believe in the possibility of life after cancer.
|Letter from Etzer in July of 2012
|Young Life of Franklin County
Young Life is for everyone who wants to get the most out of life. Whether you are in middle school, high school or college; whatever your interests or abilities; no matter who you hang out with — Young Life welcomes you. If there is a Young Life club or camp near you, check it out!
And if you're a parent, or simply an adult who cares about kids in your community, Young Life welcomes your involvement. There is a variety of ways you can serve and impact the lives of kids in your neighborhood and around the world.
You can contact them to learn more about how to get involved in Young Life or donate directly to Young Life of Franklin County at the following address.
Young Life Franklin County
PO Box 804
Rocky Mount, VA 24151-0804
Phone: (540) 420-0294
To locate Young Life nearest to you by visiting http://www.younglife.org/Locator.
All of their services are completely free of chargeso that every woman in our community who faces unplanned pregnancy will know that she can count on their support. Last year, through the generosity of donors, they were able to provide over 1400 client visits for almost 600 women! Their services include:
- Pregnancy testing and verification
- Pregnancy dating by ultrasound
- Pregnancy counseling
- Parenting and life skills classes
- Maternity clothes and baby items
Want to know more? Please visit their website.
We have committed to sponsoring, Etzer a 15 year old male from Haiti through Food for the Hungry. Additional information about Etzer:
- Grade: 3rd Grade/Class
- School progress: Fair
- Enjoys studying: Mathematics
- Chores: Carrying water
- Lives with: Relatives
- Health: Fair
- Special needs: No disabilities identified
Food for the hungry impacts the children in the following areas:
- Basic needs - They support families with training and services so parents can provide their children with adequate food, basic medicines, school supplies and clothing. Some examples of this support are savings and learning groups, vocational training, adult literacy training, and income-generating projects.
- Education - Sponsored children receive better quality education as a result of activities such as teacher training, extracurricular activities, and other programs that encourage learning.
- Spiritual - They help build the capacity of local churches to reach out to families and children with the love of Jesus.
- Health - Sponsored children experience better health because they help increase their community's access to health services and programs. They also teach parents to prevent deadly diseases by making changes in their everyday practices.
How can you help?
Etzer will be a long term commitment to us and in addition to financial support we will support him through letter writing. As we receive letters from Etzer we will post them here for now, and in time hopefully Etzer will have his own page. If you feel lead to write some encouraging words to Etzer, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will enclose them in the next letter to him.
|Childrens Miracle Network
They touch the lives of more children and their families than any other children’s charity. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids each year.
These kids aren’t in faraway countries or from opposite sides of the nations—they’re in your community. They may be your own children.
Every year, we identify a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These “Champions” serve as the face for the millions of children treated at our hospitals every year. Our Champions and their families travel to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. each year to highlight the vital work of children’s hospitals.
Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.
So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
We believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.
|Gave a Christmas gift to 16 children who have a parent in prison
Gave a Christmas gifts to 16 children who have a parent in prison.
Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. There are 1.7 million American children with a mom or a dad in prison.