CASA for Douglas County needs more Native American & Indigenous individuals to advocate for Native American & Indigenous children living in foster care.
At CASA for Douglas County, we honor and respect the rich diversity of Native American and Indigenous cultures and traditions. We understand the unique challenges faced by Native American and Indigenous children within the child welfare system and are committed to ensuring their voices are heard and their rights are protected. Native American and Indigenous CASA Advocates play a vital role in this mission, bringing their cultural knowledge, understanding, and passion for positive change.
Why do Native American & Indigenous CASA Advocates Matter?
- Cultural Connection: Native American and Indigenous CASA Advocates bring a deep connection to their culture and heritage, allowing them to better understand the unique needs and challenges faced by Native American and Indigenous children and youth. By incorporating cultural sensitivity into their advocacy, they create an environment that nurtures and preserves the identity and traditions of the young individuals they support.
- Building Trust and Empathy: CASA Advocates with Native American and Indigenous backgrounds can build trust and empathy with children and youth by sharing common cultural experiences. This connection helps establish a strong foundation for effective advocacy, ensuring that the best interests and cultural values of the child are at the forefront of decision-making processes.
- Advocating for Tribal Sovereignty: Native American and Indigenous CASA Advocates are essential in advocating for the rights and sovereignty of tribes. They work collaboratively with tribal leaders and community members to ensure that decisions made within the child welfare system align with tribal values, customs, and laws, preserving the unity and integrity of Native American and Indigenous families.
- Strengthening Cultural Identity: For Native American and Indigenous children and youth who have been separated from their families and communities, maintaining a strong cultural identity is vital. Native American and Indigenous CASA Advocates play a key role in promoting cultural connections and ensuring that young individuals can embrace their heritage as they navigate the complexities of the child welfare system.
- Encouraging Resilience: Advocates with Native American and Indigenous backgrounds understand the historical trauma and ongoing challenges that Indigenous communities have faced. Through their advocacy and mentorship, they empower Native American and Indigenous children to develop resilience, overcome obstacles, and embrace their potential for a brighter future.
Join Our CASA Advocacy Team:
Are you a proud member of a Native American or Indigenous community with a passion for supporting Native American and Indigenous children? Join CASA for Douglas County and become an advocate for positive change. As a CASA Advocate, you will:
- Advocate for the rights and well-being of Native American and Indigenous children and youth within the child welfare system.
- Incorporate cultural competence into your advocacy to ensure that the unique needs and values of Indigenous youth are respected and upheld.
- Collaborate with tribal leaders, families, and community members to provide comprehensive support and resources for Native American and Indigenous children and youth.
- Empower Native American and Indigenous youth to embrace their cultural identity, build self-confidence, and achieve their dreams.
- Champion the importance of tribal sovereignty and advocate for decisions that respect and preserve Native American and Indigenous customs and traditions.
JOIN CASA for Douglas County to amplify the voice of a child in foster care.
Join us in making a profound impact on the lives of Native American and Indigenous children. Together, we can create a future that honors and celebrates Native American and Indigenous voices, cultures, and dreams.