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Welcome to Children's Voice: CASA, Inc.

Children's Voice: CASA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Douglas County, Georgia, committed to recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children, who have been abused and neglected, in courtrooms and our community. We are empowered directly by the courts and provide judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

We exist to raise awareness of children in foster care and bring positive, permanent change to their lives. With your help we can make a difference. Our website furthers our mission by providing ways for you to learn more and get involved.

Thanks for visiting. We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

  • Years Serving the Community

    20

  • Trained CASA Volunteers

    386

  • Total Children Served

    807

How to Respond with Kindness in Times of Darkness

How to Respond with Kindness in Times of Darkness

2020 is here, and we can now look back on the past year with appreciation and gratitude. 2019 was a great year, but of course, there were some difficult times—times of hardship, times of grief and times of tragedy. 

When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.

1. Practice empathy.

The No. 1 thing to remember when responding to times of darkness is empathy. Empathy can be difficult when those affected by hardship are far away, look different than us or even have entirely different cultures.

But empathy—and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes—crosses all boundaries, unites us and helps us to remember that no matter what happens, none of us have to go through it alone. Notice that we say empathy and not sympathy. Sympathy says, “I’m sorry this is happening to you,” while empathy says, “Help me understand what is happening to you.” Practicing empathy in times of tragedy not only helps those suffering, but helps you grow as well.

 

2. Listen to others.

How can we be empathetic to the plight of others? By listening, which is not the same as hearing. We often hear what other people say, but don’t actually register what they’re thinking, meaning or wanting to happen.

We can respond to hard times by listening to those involved, even if it means listening to people we may not always agree with. Listening acknowledges someone’s feelings as valid and invites them into a conversation—creating a more altruistic dialogue—rather than an argument.

 

3. Give gratitude.

When we see terrible things happening in the world around us, it is important to remember to be grateful for the wonderful things we have in the world and our individual lives. A little gratitude goes a long way to living an altruistic lifestyle.

Gratefulness shows that you recognize negative situations around you, and you choose to find joy in the positives instead. When we practice gratitude, we have a kinder outlook on life overall and create a more altruistic lifestyle.

 

4. Lend a helping hand.

If you feel inclined, and it’s possible, see how you can help in difficult situations. If there’s been a specific tragic event, see if there’s anything you can do to support the victims’ families. If there’s a situation that’s been going on for a long time, look into donating to a charitable organization or volunteering your time to make a difference. No matter what it is, any impact you can make in the lives of those suffering creates a more loving world overall.

 

5. Remember perspective.

Finally, remember that for all the darkness there is also light. When tragedy strikes, embrace kindness by keeping perspective: This is not the end. This is not the worst thing ever. There is still a future. 

Don’t dismiss difficult times, but embrace the potential for good after the period has passed.

 

The future holds good and bad—this much we know. However, if we remember to stand for kindness, individually and together, we can continue to live a more altruistic lifestyle and support those who need our help.