Y&R's Lauren Woodland (Brittany) takes on new role as children advocate--->>
The Young and the Restless' Lauren Woodland (Brittany Hodges Gutierrez) takes on a new role. Woodland is now an advocate for children who have experienced abusve, neglect and abandonment via Casa of Los Angeles after successfully going through the process.
The company's website states, "Many children , and are moved around to . Studies have demonstrated that children who have experienced abuse and neglect are at significantly higher risk for academic failure, chronic delinquency, homelessness, adult criminal behavior, antisocial personality, and addictions. Moreover, as a child’s length of time in and out-of-home care increases, the probability of such negative outcome increases. CASA volunteers are instrumental in shortening the time that the child is in the dependency system (achieving either reunification or adoption), while simultaneously assuring that the child’s needs are met."
A CASA is a is a trained, dedicated and caring community volunteer, who is assigned to work one-on-one with a child in the foster care system. CASA volunteers are sworn in by a dependency court judge to advocate for what is in the child’s best interest. With legal standing to fully investigate a child’s circumstances, CASA volunteers make recommendations to the court regarding how the system and community can best serve and support the child. In collaboration with others in the child’s life, volunteers are instrumental in facilitating access to the material, educational, and physical and mental health services necessary for each child to flourish.