CASA volunteers are currently serving 392 abused and neglected foster children in our community. Unfortunately, there are many more children who don’t have an Advocate to speak up for their best interest and are left to face the uncertainty of foster care alone. CASA of the South Plains is challenging community members to “Join Team CASA” and help make sure every child in foster care has a volunteer Advocate. 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. Thirty new prospective volunteers are needed for our last training session of this year, which begins October 30th. Thirty new volunteers could help an additional sixty foster children.
Prospective volunteers can attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, September 28th 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.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Kristen Mata, Recruitment Director, by Wednesday, September 27th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.