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Contact: Adrienne Appell / Sharon
Toy Industry Association / National CASA Association
646.520.4863 / 206.270.0072 ext.250
Toy Industry Foundation Announces CASA for Children as New National
$200,000 grant and toy donations inspire hope for abused
and neglected children across the U.S.
New York, NY | November 21, 2012 – The Toy Industry Foundation
(TIF) has announced a new national partner, CASA for Children (CASA), for
2013. In communities across the country, CASA’s highly trained
volunteers provide one-on-one advocacy for children in the foster care
and family court systems.
Appointed by a judge, CASA volunteers fight for and protect a
child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect,
and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. Thanks to
a $200,000 grant and ongoing toy donations from TIF, CASA will expand
its network of volunteer advocates serving more than 234,000 foster
children in 2013. The partnership also aims to provide kids with
stability and emotional support by helping CASA volunteers bond with
children through toys.
“The foster care and family court systems are very complicated,
which is why these children need special support. For many, their CASA
volunteer is the only stable adult in their lives,” says Jean
Butler, Executive Director of the Toy Industry Foundation. “By
training more volunteers and helping them build trust with the children
through play, TIF and CASA can work together to spark real change, one
child at a time.”
“For every foster child with a CASA volunteer, two others go it
alone,” says Michael Piraino, CASA President & CEO.
“This generous gift from the Toy Industry Foundation will help
increase our services to children in need while bringing joy, comfort
and hope directly to thousands of our most vulnerable
The joint venture will also involve unique toy distribution events
for “back to school” season, the holidays, and the
celebration of special occasions such as birthdays.
“Something extraordinary happens when you give a child a
toy. They know that someone cares about them and that someone
wants them to feel loved and supported. We have an obligation to be
there for these children. That’s why we do what we do,”
About Toy Industry Foundation (www.toyindustryfoundation.org)
While other organizations provide food, shelter and support services to
children and their families, the Toy Industry Foundation sees to it that
these children have toys and opportunities to play in an attempt to
restore both fun and a sense of normalcy to their lives. The Foundation
currently fulfills its mission through core programs including The Toy
Bank™ and grants to organizations whose missions are in line with
that of the Toy Industry Foundation.
The first industry-wide program of its kind, The Toy Bank receives
donations of newly manufactured toys from members of the toy industry
and distributes them through local charities to underserved, at-risk and
homeless children throughout the United States and around the world.
CASA for Children (www.casaforchildren.org)
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a
network of 946 community-based programs that recruit, train and support
citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and
neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Because it is the only
program of its kind, empowered directly by the courts to provide
children with one-on-one advocacy, CASA for Children has the ability to
transform well-meaning but often ineffective systems of child
protection. CASA volunteers see their assigned children
regularly and interview all the adults who impact their lives.
Volunteer advocates offer judges the critical information they need to
assure each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while
in foster care, and each volunteer stays with each case until the child
is placed in a loving permanent home. For many abused children, their
CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.