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35 new advocates needed to “Join Team CASA” and meet volunteer recruitment challenge

The South Plains region has one of the highest per capita rates of child abuse and neglect in the state of Texas. There are not enough volunteers to make sure the growing number of children entering into the foster care system have a voice to represent their best interest. “Join Team CASA” and help meet this challenge by serving as 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. Volunteers can serve individually or they can partner with a spouse, a friend, family member,
or co-worker, and maximize their time commitment by sharing advocacy responsibilities.
Thirty-five new prospective volunteers are needed to fill the next CASA training class which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 5th.

Prospective volunteers can attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, August 3rd from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office in the Reagor Dykes Headquarters at 1215 Avenue J 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 Wednesday, August 2nd at (806) 763-2272 or via email at kristenm@casaofthesouthplains.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

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