• Petitioned Annie E. Casey Foundation

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Annie E. Casey Foundation

Save Casey Family Services

    1. Petition by

      mark floegel

      burlington, VT

On 26 June 2012, the board of directors of the Annie E. Casey Foundation announced that Casey Family Services will cease operations on 31 December 2012. This decision breaks a promise Annie E. Casey made to 400 vulnerable foster children and their families, that Casey Family Services would stand by them until the children can care for themselves. The foster parents will now try to keep this promise alone, but the burden will become extremely hard to bear. We urge the Annie E. Casey Foundation to extend the life of Casey Family Services until the children already in its care come of age.

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    Reasons for signing

    • sayre merritt WEST LEBANON, NH
      • over 1 year ago

      they have always been there for us and have been very supportive and encouraging. We need them to stay and I agree the board has broken a promise of Anne E. Casey and why it was started in the beginning!

    • Rick Hind WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 2 years ago

      As someone who was adopted I cannot understand why funding would be cut back for foster children. If anything we should be increasing resources for Case Family Services.

    • Bobbie Amerio RUTLAND, VT
      • almost 2 years ago

      my sister has casey services and they have been great!

    • Jeanne Liberatore BANGOR, ME
      • almost 2 years ago

      To paraphrase Emily Dickenson, If I can save one heart from breaking, I shall not have lived in vain.

    • Carol Gibson NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Rhode Island DCYF is in the process of moving children from group homes into foster care. Many of these wonderful young people have extensive trauma histories and are likely to have significant struggles in a family environment without the supportive services and foster parent training that Casey provides. There is no other agency in Rhode Island that has the expertise and track record that CFS has demonstrated with high needs kids. The closure of CFS in Rhode Island could not have come at a worse time and, in my opinion, will be devastating for the most vulnerable youth in our state. It is hard to understand how the Annie E. Casey Foundation can continue to state that it is dedicated to the well-being of at-risk youth if CFS closes.

      My husband and I were recently licensed as Casey foster parents, and were seriously considering fostering teens. The Rhode Island Division is (was) incredible. Before deciding to pursue licensing through Casey we did a lot of research, and everyone we spoke to (clinicians, group home personnel, foster parents, and former foster youth) all said the same thing: "Casey is amazing." We have chosen to close our license and not foster without Casey. So much for providing a family for a teen.


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