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.
CASA Volunteers at Inter-Tribal Children’s Pow Wow
On Saturday, June 10th, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma (CANO) hosted a booth and provided a craft for the children at the Intertribal Children’s Pow Wow at Adawe Park (near Miami, Oklahoma).
CASA Volunteers had fun helping about 150 children decorate string backpacks to take home. Using fabric markers and stencils, the children added an assortment of designs and lettering to their backpacks, including images of flowers, butterflies, bumble bees, frogs, turtles, sports equipment, trucks, etc. The colorful creations were a big hit with the kids and were seen on the backs of children throughout the festival.
Following are photos of just a few of the children showing their creations.
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.
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