Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma
It is difficult to imagine what life must be like for an abused or neglected child. It is even more difficult to admit that child abuse or neglect is a problem in our area. Many of us would like to believe that it just doesn’t happen here, but it does.
Imagine children in our communities:
- Living in places where violence is the rule rather than the exception;
- Watching their parents slowly killing themselves with drugs or alcohol;
- Living in active methamphetamine labs;
- Being exposed to pornography or adult situations;
- Merely existing – eating food you and I wouldn’t touch, rarely attending school, and deprived of regular medical attention; and/or
- Raising themselves with little or no parental supervision or guidance.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers who are stepping up to advocate for abused and neglected children. We are ordinary people. We come from all walks of life.
We are trained volunteers who assist judges in determining what is in the best interest of these vulnerable children. We work in our own communities and we share a common set of values.
We believe in the rights and dignity of children. We are committed to putting that belief to work for children who have been abused or neglected. And we hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence in service.
Across the country today, we serve more than a quarter-million children. Hundreds of thousands more children need our help.
How can you help? VOLUNTEER TODAY! Use this LINK to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer!
Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma (CANO)
Child Advocates of Northeastern Oklahoma is a CASA agency. With offices in Claremore and Miami, the organization supports CASA Volunteers in five counties in northeastern Oklahoma – Rogers, Mayes, Craig, Ottawa, and Delaware Counties.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Rogers County School Supply Drive
From August 1st through August 25th, Rogers County students needing assistance can pick up free school supplies at the First United Methodist Church which is located at 1615 N. Hwy. 88 in Claremore. The church organizes the drive with the help of other local churches, businesses, and civic groups.
In 2016, more than 3,200 students received free school supplies and it is anticipated that the number will be even greater this year.
Families needing help can register their child(ren) for the needed school supplies at the church Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lists of school supplies for each teacher in Rogers County is on hand so volunteers can fill bags with the proper supplies for each individual student.
Friends of the Will Rogers Library Present
Special Guest Speaker – Alton Carter
Oklahoma author, Alton Carter, will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Will Rogers Library meeting on September 11th in the library meeting room.Â Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6:00 p.m.
Alton is the author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks, Aging Out, and a new children’s book that will is coming soon.
Alton’s first book, The Boy Who Carried Bricks, is the true story of his childhood in which he experienced abandonment and neglect followed by years of being shuffled between foster homes and a boys’ ranch.
His story provides insight into a child’s life of enduring hunger, abuse, and neglect. You won’t want to miss this story of his survival and his unending hope to one day live a “normal life”. Everyone is welcome to attend!
CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life. No special experience or education is required. We simply need people who care about children and have good critical thinking skills. Use the link below to learn more about how you can become a CASA Volunteer.
Your contribution will help us recruit, train, and provide support for our network of volunteers who serve as child advocates. Help us ensure abused and/or neglected children have a caring, consistent adult in their lives advocating for their best interests.
A great way to know more about what CANO is doing to make a difference in Northeast Oklahoma is to sign up to receive our newsletter. Give us your name and email address to receive our CANO newsletter once a month.