Director writes the book on advocates for children

Joy Thompson
Joy Thompson

Joy Thompson, program director for CASA of Mesa County, has literally written the book on explaining to children in foster care what court-appointed special advocates do.

“It can be difficult for CASAs to explain their role and gain the trust of children who have experienced so much devastation at such a young age. The book gives our volunteers a tool to help them begin to build rapport with the children they serve,” said Thompson, author of “Lilly Meets Her CASA.”

CASA of Mesa County is a non-profit organization that trains volunteers to serve as a child’s voice in court when the child is a victim of abuse or neglect.

Local artist Isaac Ortega illustrated the book. “This is the first time my work has been published, and it’s an honor that it’s been published for such a good cause,” Ortega said.

A grant from the Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club covered initial production costs on the book.

CASA of Mesa County will sell copies of the book to the other 951 CASA agencies in the United States as a way to earn funds to support the local program.