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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • CASA to raise adoption awareness through Nov. 14 event

  • A child needs a family, and a family desires a child. Reasons for wanting to adopt a child can be that simple. Next month, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Phillips County will raise awareness of National Adoption Month by bringing nationally known adoption advocate Leigh Anne Tuohy to Helena-West Helena.
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  • A child needs a family, and a family desires a child. Reasons for wanting to adopt a child can be that simple. Next month, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Phillips County will raise awareness of National Adoption Month by bringing nationally known adoption advocate Leigh Anne Tuohy to Helena-West Helena. Tuohy, whose adoption of Michael Oher was made famous by author Michael Lewis' best-selling book The Blind Side, will serve as the featured speaker for a fund-raising banquet scheduled for Nov. 14 at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) in Helena-W. Helena. Co-sponsored by CASA of Phillips County and PCCUA, the event will include cocktails from 5-6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., and Tuohy's address at 7:30 p.m. in the PCCUA Fine Arts Center. A married mother of three, Tuohy, a native of Memphis, Tenn., is a much sought-after motivational speaker. Owner of Flair I interior design company, she is heavily involved in civic and faith-based organizations. She is also co-author of In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving with her husband, Sean, and author of her latest book, Making it Happen: Just Turn Around, which is a step-by-step guide for becoming an active giver of one's time and money. The Tuohys have also established a charity, The Making it Happen Foundation, which seeks to promote awareness and improve the lives of underserved children. Tuohy's inspiring messages have touched audiences nationwide as she motivates them to make an impact on children in need in their own communities. CASA of Phillips County opened in 2008 to provide hope for local children who are brought into DHS custody because they have been abused and neglected. CASA believes all children should have the right to a home with loving people to care for them, but, each year in Phillips County, over 100 children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families. The children are of all ages, races, and economic groups. That's where CASA comes in. CASA volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for children who are trained and appointed by a judge to speak up in court for abused and neglected children. CASA of Phillips County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a board of directors. There are approximately 60-70 children in foster care in Phillips County at any given time. Volunteers are desperately needed so more children can be served. Tickets for the November banquet are available at Something Special or by calling CASA of Phillips County at 870-338-8815.

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