February 14, 2022
The National CASA/GAL Association for Children hosts its 2nd Annual Walk Run Thrive to raise awareness for best interest advocacy April 30-May 1
SEATTLE, Washington – Join thousands of CASA/GAL staff, volunteers and supporters who lend their voices to advocate on behalf of children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect by registering for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children, 2nd annual Walk Run Thrive April 30-May 1.
This event is aimed at raising awareness about the work of National CASA/GAL’s network of 950 state organizations and local programs, and to encourage individuals to learn more about becoming a CASA® or GAL volunteer in their community. Rather than traveling to one central location on a specific race day and time, individuals can register to participate by walking or running wherever they are, choosing their own day (Saturday, April 30 or Sunday, May 1), time and pace and joining together virtually with a nationwide community of supporters. Local CASA/GAL programs across the country are galvanizing support in their communities to participate in this unifying event, in support of children and families.
Each registered participant will receive a signature event t-shirt to wear while completing their walk or run and will be encouraged to share their photos on social media to promote the mission of CASA/GAL programs.
On any given day, there are approximately 407,000 children in foster care in the United States. Appointed by judges, CASA/GAL volunteers advocate for the best interests of children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect, many of whom are in foster care. Nationwide, more than 93,000 highly-trained CASA/GAL volunteers serve a quarter of a million children and youth, but more volunteers are needed. As a consistent, caring adult in the child’s life, a CASA/GAL volunteer’s advocacy helps the judge make the most informed decisions for the well-being of the child, with a goal of helping the child reach a safe and permanent home.
For more information about Walk Run Thrive visit https://nationalcasagal.org/walk-run-thrive.