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Demand for CASA volunteers during summer months continues to grow

Summer is a time for family vacations and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, summer is also a time that sees a reduction in the number of potential volunteer Advocates who can be a voice for the best interest of foster children in our community. The number of children entering into the foster care system continues to outpace the number of available CASA volunteers to serve them. Additional volunteer Advocates are urgently needed to make sure the priorities of these abused and neglected foster children are not lost in the whirlwind of change and uncertainty they face during their time in foster care. A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer who helps a foster child navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. CASA needs the publics’ help to meet its goal of 35 new prospective CASA volunteers for its July training class, which would potentially help an additional 70 foster children in this community.

Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Wednesday, June 21st from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in our office at 1215 Avenue J, Suite 301 in the Reagor Dykes Headquarters in the second floor conference room. 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.

To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Kristen Mata, Recruitment Director, by Tuesday, June 20th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at kristenm@casaofthesouthplains.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

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