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The critical need for additional CASA volunteers continues to grow

The number of abused and neglected children entering into the foster care system continues to rise at an alarming rate. CASA of the South Plains needs more volunteers who can MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW and act as an advocate for the well-being of a foster child. Volunteering as a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, offers a unique experience to help ensure a foster child’s needs are being met during their time in foster care while working to help find a safe, permanent home. Children with a CASA volunteer spend less time in long-term foster care, experience fewer out of home placements, and have improved educational outcomes. CASA needs to meet its goal of 35 new CASA volunteers for its April 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, February 23rd 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.

CASA 101 attendees interested in becoming a CASA volunteer can also begin the application and sign-up process. Training classes can fill up quickly and space is limited.

“I’ve been very blessed in my life. After retiring from the postal service I looked for a way to give back to my community. I really wanted to help local youth and volunteering as a CASA allows me to do just that,” said Tommy White, CASA volunteer.

To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, February 22nd at (806) 763-2272 or via email at gabrielb@casaofthesouthplains.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

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