For too many Americans, children in foster care are all but forgotten. National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association is working to change that with the Forgotten Children campaign, created to raise awareness of foster children and to aid in the recruitment of much-needed CASA volunteer advocates who work together with the court system in the best interests of foster children.
National CASA launched the Forgotten Children campaign with a dramatic event on the Mall in Washington, DC, in the spring of 2008. Inspired by the event's success, CASA and GAL programs across the country have staged Forgotten Children events in their own communities.
Atlanta Forgotten Children Event
Foster Children Take a Stand in San Francisco and Atlanta! As a part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, National CASA worked with CASA programs in San Francisco and Atlanta to stage Forgotten Children awareness events in those cities. At each event, displays representing the numbers of children entering care were prominently placed in public spaces.
San Francisco Event
In San Francisco, former foster youth and members of the legal community participated in events in the Civic Center Plaza and at Union Square. In Atlanta, National CASA spokesperson Judge Glenda Hatchett supported an event at Woodruff Park.