Quad Cities Business News approached Tracy Sauer, with the Yavapai Superior Court, to be our featured Spotlight. Sauer is a program manager for CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. She works closely with a group of community volunteers who spend time advocating for the region’s abused or neglected children.
1) What would our readers be surprised to learn about the children in need within our county?
There are currently more than 350 children in out of home placements in Yavapai County because of abuse or neglect. Each of those children deserves someone to be committed to and speak only for them. Although the CASA Program just celebrated 25 years in Yavapai County, many people are still unaware of the incredible need that exists here.
2) What do you find most rewarding about your work with CASA?
Taking part in the process that allows for volunteer advocates to speak for, mentor, and support these incredibly vulnerable children, right here in our community, is very rewarding. Knowing that we can help to define the permanent solution that is in the “best interest of each child” is the ultimate reward.
3) What kinds of volunteers bring the most success to CASA and are you in need of additional volunteers?
The diversity of our community volunteers provides the greatest success. No special background or experience is needed. The volunteers come to us from all walks of life and each one brings with them simply, the heart to help an abused or neglected child. We teach them the rest.
The needs are great. Our program is committed to a goal of finding a volunteer for every child in an out of home placement in Yavapai County. Currently, less than one third of the children that need them have an advocate to support them.
4) How is supporting a program like CASA an investment in the future?
You can tell so much about a community by their commitment to their children. Supporting these children and families at the most difficult time in their lives absolutely equates to a healthier, safer, and more positive future for everyone. No matter how abuse or neglect touches your life, you are forever affected by it. Nothing promotes change faster than getting personally involved in that change, by helping to provide a better future for a vulnerable child.
5) How can people find out more information about CASA? To find out more about the CASA program, please contact us at (928) 771-3165 or visit our website at CASAofYavapaicounty.org
6) Is there anything else you would like to add? I would like to offer our sincere thanks to those who volunteer to help others in need, not only in the CASA Program, but in all areas volunteer service. Your selflessness and commitment to others challenges us each day to be the best we can be.