CASA for Clermont Kids is hoping that local residents will find it in their hearts to help a child in need this Christmas season.
The child advocacy group is coordinating an effort to sponsor foster children they work with in order to make sure that their Christmas morning is a special one.
“It’s a holiday gifting program and we’re looking for sponsorship for our children,” said CASA executive director Karey Ringland. “We have about 60 children in our program, and we make sure it’s even for children in foster homes with other foster children. We make sure that the gifts even out if we can, and if there’s a foster child in the home who is not being sponsored by another agency, we take care of that too.”
CASA stands for court appointed special advocate. The organization is designed to help kids through the difficult court processes that accompany being set in foster care after cases of abuse or neglect. This program, said Ringland, is an extension of that advocacy that helps kids to find a silver lining to their situation.