by Donna McBride, Pinal County Juvenile Court
Program Administrator II
June is usually a time where kids celebrate the end of a school year, sleeping in and look forward to family vacations. But for some families this year, it was a different kind of celebration and new beginnings.
June was National Reunification Month. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Pinal County had its first “Family Strong” celebration to recognize the efforts of families who worked so diligently to overcome obstacles to provide a safe home and reunify after their children were placed in out-of-home care or what most refer to as foster care.
The purpose of the event was to celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of families who overcame difficulties to reunify with their children. We wanted to recognize the vital roles that others play in helping to reunify, strengthen and support those families.
This included family members, social workers, foster parents, health and wellness providers, attorneys, CASA advocates, court leadership and our communities. Our goal is to also inspire other parents to know that it is possible to address and resolve the issues that led to their separation and to reunify with their children.
We especially want to thank Throwback Family Fun Center in Casa Grande for opening their doors to host this special day. Owners Peter and Kelsey Redwine are true champions for foster children and didn’t hesitate to partner with CASA of Pinal County to make this special day happen for our children and families we serve.
It truly does take a village to raise a child and Pinal County made it happen.
Thanks to our supporters:
Throwback Fun Center
Casey Family Program
Caliente Clowns of Florence
Pinal County Juvenile Court
Pinal County Community
Yost Realty Group at
RE/MAX Casa Grande
United Way of Pinal County
U of A Cooperative Extension
First things First
Child Family Resource
Department of Child Services (DCS)
Casa Grande Alliance