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Number of children in foster care continues to rise

Children in foster care often face a tornado of changes during their time in the child welfare system. Last year, in the six counties serviced by CASA of the South Plains, almost 800 children were left to face the challenges of foster care alone, without a voice to speak up for their best interest. These most vulnerable children need someone who will make sure their needs do not go overlooked. Individuals can volunteer to become a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers help foster children navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. Community members can take action and MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW by choosing to become CASA volunteers.

Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, March 16th 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 am a familiar face no matter what other part of their lives are changing,” said Barbara, CASA volunteer.

To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, March 15th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at gabrielb@casaofthesouthplains.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

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