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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Chautauqua County, Inc. will host its fifth annual “Come to the Table” for the Best Interest of a Child “on Thursday, May 9th at Chautauqua Suites & Expo Center, 215 West Lake Rd., Mayville. Table viewing begins at 4 p.m. followed by a live auction at 7 p.m.
Bring your friends, spouses, and associates for an evening of live music, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, basket auction, and beautifully decorated theme tables. Come to the Table allows individuals to showcase their talents by choosing a theme and designing their own unique tablescapes. The table and everything on it are then sold by live auction to benefit the program which provides abused and neglected children advocacy and voices while entangled in the foster care system.
Last year’s tables provided a stunning display for the community, teasing the eye with a full spectrum of color and a wide variety of creative inspiration. With 29 custom-designed and largely diverse tables, there was something for everyone. This year we are excited to welcome back and add new table designers to our event and guarantee something for everyone.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County, Inc. relies on highly-trained volunteers who are appointed by a family court judge in Chautauqua County to speak up for children in court.
These volunteers talk with the child, parents, family, relevant agencies, school officials, health providers and others who are knowledgeable about the child’s history. CASA volunteers also speak with involved attorneys and case workers. The volunteer then compiles all of the information/records gathered and provides the judge with a report on their findings. With the information provided by the CASA volunteer, judges are better able to make informed decisions as to what is best for the child, choosing options such as returning to their parents, foster care, or adoption.
While CASA volunteers do not provide legal advice or representation – that role is filled by the Attorney for the Child – they do provide crucial background information that can assist these attorneys in representing their young clients.
Research shows that children who have been assigned a CASA volunteer tend to spend less time in court and the foster care system than those who do not have CASA representation. Unfortunately, only one in four abused or neglected children in our service area currently has an assigned advocate. Monies raised by the program are used to fulfil CASA’s mission of supporting and promoting court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
Please come and enjoy the evening and support a great cause. Tickets are $10 and include a chance to win an Kindle Fire HD Tablet. Tickets and can be purchased at the door. If you would like to purchase your tickets in advance, please contact Kathy Park at C.A.S.A. 716-753-4123 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.