Last year almost 800 abused and neglected foster children were left without an Advocate to speak up for their well-being due to the lack of volunteers in the communities served by CASA of the South Plains. A foster child should never have to face the chaos of change during their time in foster care alone. CASA of the South Plains is calling for community members to meet this challenge and “Join Team CASA”. 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 choose to 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. By meeting our goal of thirty-five new prospective volunteers for our upcoming training session, which begins September 5th, potentially, an additional seventy foster children will have an Advocate who will be a voice for their best interest and make sure their needs remain a priority.
Prospective volunteers can attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, August 10th 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. Lunch will be provided to attendees.
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.