In October, CASA of Kent County received $50,844 over three years ($16,948 annually) to support A Voice For Every Child, a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative to recruit staff, board, and volunteers who are more reflective demographically of the children CASA serves. Currently, over 80 percent of its volunteers are white women, while 30 percent of the children it serves are persons of color, and over half are male.
CASA will expand its professional relationships and partner with service groups, social clubs, business leaders, and organizations to attractive diverse volunteers, especially targeting men and persons of color to become CASA volunteers. In addition, CASA will train all staff, volunteers, and board members in cultural and emotional intelligence and implicit bias to ensure individuals throughout the organization best represent the best interests of children in foster care. We’re excited to walk alongside CASA of Kent County as it embarks on its important work to better serve local children in foster care.