I am Macey. I am 5 years old. I have a sister and she is a baby, I don’t know her age though. She is crying and I can’t find my mommy. I tell my sister that it will be ok and I will go find her. I look in the house and she is not there. I look on the porch and she is not there. I look in the yard, she is not there. I go to the end of the driveway and still I can’t find my mommy. I need to find her because I am hungry and so is my sister and my sister really needs her diaper changed and I can’t do that by myself. I start walking and walking and walking. I don’t know where I am. I don’t see anyone. I don’t see anything by road and trees…….I begin to cry just like my sister. What have I done? I am going to be in so much trouble but I was just trying to find my mommy so my sister would stop crying…….All too often this situation is a familiar one to the children seen in juvenile court and referred to CASA. Children whose parents feel the most important thing they need to do is go get their next fix not thinking about the child(ren) they are leaving behind…..How will they care for themselves let alone a sibling? Where will they go? Who will come to them? Will they be ok? If they get hurt, who will take care of them? The majority of us adults don’t like to be alone……so imagine the anxiety and fear that a child in this situation endures? It is not something anyone, let alone a child, should ever face. However, the sad reality is it happens far too much. You can help change the life of this and other children by lending a hand to CASA……give a child a voice, an advocate, an opportunity to grow up in safe environment free from violence, a chance to be a child, to be loved and to grow up to be a well-adjusted adult……become a CASA, provide financial support (no amount is too small or big) or asking about serving on a committee within the agency!!! You can make a difference!! Contact your local CASA office if this moves your heart and you want to make a difference for a child!
“If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to my fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” -William Penn