Each week at least ten children enter into the foster care system and face a whirlwind of change and uncertainty. These most vulnerable children need CASA volunteers who can be a voice for their well-being. A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer who helps foster children navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. Make a difference NOW and start the New Year with a resolution to help make sure foster children in our community have an Advocate to represent their best interest. Help CASA meet its goal of 35 new CASA volunteers for its February training class, which would potentially help an additional 70 foster children.
Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, January 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Grand 2nd floor conference room at Reagor Dykes Headquarters, 1215 Avenue J. This is a great, no-obligation introduction to CASA and its mission. CASA staff and current Advocates will be on hand to discuss the increasing need for volunteers, what it means to be a CASA, and how community members can help make a difference in the lives of area foster children.
“[My CASA volunteer] was the only person in my life who wasn’t paid to care about me and provided me with support when I needed it the most. I believe in CASA’s mission so much that when I turn 21 I‘m going to start training to become an Advocate,” said Jordan, former foster youth.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, January 18th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.