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AT&T CONTRIBUTION SUPPORTS CAN COUNCIL GREAT LAKES BAY REGION’S
WORK PROTECTING LOCAL CHILDREN
$20,000 to Support Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
SAGINAW, MI, Feb. 21, 2013 -AT&T Michigan on Friday will join Saginaw area families, extraordinary volunteers and local lawmakers in presenting a $20,000 contribution to support the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that trains and equips volunteers to serve vulnerable Saginaw County children in need of foster care.
The presentation will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m., at 1311 North Michigan Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48602.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
AT&T’s contribution will support the recruiting, screening, training and supporting of additional CASA volunteers in Saginaw County.
“CASA Special Advocates are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for Great Lakes Bay region kids,” said Suzanne Greenberg. “With nearly 300 children in our area’s foster care system and every one of them in need of help, this critical contribution from AT&T will help us recruit, screen, train and support more Advocates to ensure these vulnerable kids are taken care of.”
State Senator Roger Kahn (R - Saginaw) said: “CASA volunteers often make all the difference in the world in the lives of our young people. Saginaw County is fortunate to have so many tremendous individuals who are willing to invest in the lives of children, and fortunate to have corporate partners like AT&T to help provide the critical training resources required to get the job done.”
CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region currently serves 175 children, including many who have suffered abuse or neglect.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.
Said state Representative Tim Kelly (R - Saginaw Township): “Our kids deserve every chance we can give them. We are incredibly grateful in Lansing and right back here at home in Saginaw County for the remarkable volunteers who help place children in loving homes, for the moms and dads who open their hearts and welcome them into their families and for partners like AT&T who help make it all possible.”
AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray concluded: “AT&T believes in Saginaw County and in Saginaw County’s children. The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region and Saginaw County CASA volunteers represent some of the very best this state has to offer and we are grateful for the opportunity to support their work on behalf of area children.”
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