COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - CASA of the Pikes Peak Region held a "Dudes and Brews" event at Ivywild School Wednesday to raise awareness of their need for more male volunteers.
CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, says they need more men to become volunteer advocates to provide boys in foster care with role models and good examples of the types of men they can become.
According to CASA, 51% of the children they served last year were boys, but only 14% of the volunteers were men.
"Too many boys in our community are in foster care because of abuse perpetrated on them by men," CASA volunteer Marc Verity said. "It's what they know. And as boys grow up and become men, they tend to go with what they know. As a volunteer in their life, it's an opportunity to show them how to be decent through peace and how to be respectful and responsible men."
CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to be a voice for children in court who are victims of abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict.