Award-Winning Author Tom North Pledges Support to End Child Abuse

North Becomes Official Supporter of National Court Appointed Special Advocates

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SEATTLE, Nov. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National CASA Association has announced that award-winning author Tom North has become an official supporter of the organization and its work to put caring adult volunteers in the lives of abused and neglected children. North is supporting National CASA by donating 10% of the retail price of each signed copy sold from his website of his new memoir, True North—The Shocking Truth about "Yours, Mind and Ours," to help increase the number of trained CASA volunteers across the country.

North states, "I am proud to be supporting National CASA and I encourage all readers and followers to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Only by working together will we reach our goal of serving every child who needs a CASA volunteer."

In his new book, North tells the true story of how he survived growing up in the family made famous by the movie Yours, Mine and Ours, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. He reveals that the story-tale family was in reality wracked with child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
"After having grown up in an environment of child abuse and domestic violence while having to bear the added burden of covering it all up because we were a famous family, I suffered from the effects that are well-documented. My life was a mess. I was depressed, sick, angry, withdrawn and I made poor lifestyle decisions. I understand the challenges these children face and the need for dedicated CASA volunteers who will provide stability in their lives."

Today, North is dedicated to raising awareness about child abuse and domestic violence, through sharing his story and supporting organizations like National CASA that are standing up for children's rights to be safe and loved. Michael Piraino, CEO of National CASA, said, "Reading Tom's book and hearing Tom talk about his own experiences reinforces CASA's mission that we can positively change the lives of abused and neglected children as long as we continue to have compassionate and caring adults come forward and do something to help."

In addition to donating to National CASA, North is supporting local CASA programs as a guest speaker. He recently was a keynote speaker at the CASA Voices for Children fundraising luncheon in Monterey, California, and made a special presentation to Marin Advocates for Children CASA.

To learn more about Tom North's partnership with National CASA visit CASAforChildren.org.

About National CASA

The National CASA Association is a network of 933 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Read more at CASAforChildren.org.

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Sharon Heiber
National CASA Association
206-774-7250