Lubbock, Texas - For many children, Father’s Day means giving gifts, enjoying traditions and making memories with their fathers, grandfathers and father figures. But for children in the foster care system, the day can be a painful reminder of their past. Unfortunately, many children in foster care do not have a reliable father figure in their lives. Removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, they are not guaranteed to be placed in foster care near their loved ones.
However, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers from CASA of the South Plains can help provide much-needed stability for these children. CASA Advocates, everyday members of the community who are specially trained and appointed by judges to advocate for children in the foster care system, are often the only consistent adult presence in these children’s lives.
“When I think about my CASA kids on Father’s Day, I think about my life when I was their age. I think about my own family and how I took all the things my father did for our family for granted. I approached my own fatherhood the same way - being there and doing things for my children came naturally. I believe that my sense of what a father needs to do for his children helps me understand what my CASA kids need from their fathers, and helps me in advocating for them,” said Jim Shute, CASA Advocate.
Children who have CASA Advocates spend less time in foster care, receive more services needed to heal and advance academically. There are over 700 children in the foster care system in the South Plains and only 320 currently have a CASA Advocate. Every child deserves a CASA Advocate to fight for their best interests, just as every child deserves a reason to celebrate Father’s Day.
“We need more engaged community members to step up and become Advocates for these most vulnerable children. Particularly, we need more male role models in these children’s lives providing a present, consistent adult to these children. Please consider becoming a CASA Advocate so that more children in foster care can celebrate Father’s Day and make lasting memories with loving adults and family,” said Jennie Hill, Executive Director of CASA of the South Plains.
Brighten Father’s Day for a child in foster care. Become a CASA Advocate and help a child in need find a safe, permanent home. To learn more, call (806) 763-2272 or visit www.casaofthesouthplains.org.