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Genesee County CASA for children is raising awareness about the counties foster care system and their need for volunteer advocates this month.

May is foster care awareness month and kids in the foster care system will be making cardboard cutouts of children to be displayed across town. 

Executive Director for the County’s CASA for Children Ashley Hausfelder said each cutout represents one child in the county’s foster care system.

"Every year it ranges between 60 to 70 children in the foster care system in Genesee County," said Hausfelder. 

CASA stands for Court Appointed Family Advocate. Hasfeilder said the volunteers are needed to speak in court for children having issues in their biological home.

"Currently of last year we served 38 children, however 31 children remained un-served by CASA because we do not have enough advocates for the cases and also there is a great need for mentors for foster care youth aging out of the foster care system," said Hausfelder.  

All off the cutouts will have facts on them about foster care. They will be displayed in some local businesses on Main Street and in front local courthouses.

CASA will also be holding a walk in June 2nd for to raise foster care awareness. The walk will start in front of the old court house on Main Street. Registration starts at 9:15a.m. 

For more information call (585) 344-2550 ext: 2331or visit CASA online. 

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