CASA honors Wright in online tribute

Somers Point resident Linda Wright has been honored as part of the national “35 Faces of CASA for Children,” an online tribute created in recognition of the 35th national anniversary of CASA volunteer advocacy.

With the “35 Faces of CASA,” the National CASA Association is telling the story of the CASA movement through the people who comprise it: CASA/GAL program staff, volunteers, judges, families, and young people touched by a CASA volunteer.

CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is one of more than 900 CASA programs across the country.

In 2011, programs trained 77,000 CASA volunteers to stand up for abused and neglected children.

New Jersey volunteer Linda Wright is being recognized for helping a little girl return to her mother’s care. Linda’s advocacy for the little girl — and support of her mother, Helen, who had undergone drug treatment and was doing everything necessary to regain custody of her daughter — resulted in the child’s return to her mother’s care. When Legal Services of New Jersey honored Helen with a parent reunification award in 2011, Linda was there cheering her on.

To read Linda and Helen’s story, learn more about the CASA program, and an add your photo to a collage of images submitted by child welfare advocates from across the country, go to 35Faces.CASAforChildren.org.