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Number of children entering foster care continues to rise, critical need for volunteer Advocates

As the year-over-year number of children entering into the foster care system continues to grow at an alarming rate, additional CASA volunteers are needed NOW to be their voice and make sure the needs of these most vulnerable children remain a priority while they are in foster care. Thirty new prospective volunteers can “Join Team CASA” and meet this challenge which could help an additional sixty foster children. A CASA volunteer, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, can help a foster child navigate the child welfare system while working to help find a safe, permanent home. Volunteers can also work together as a team by partnering with their spouse, a friend, family member, or co-worker to advocate on behalf of a sibling group of foster children. By teaming up, volunteers can share advocacy responsibilities, including attendance at case meetings, visits to the children, and preparation of court reports, while providing multiple role models for the foster children involved in their case.

Prospective volunteers can attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted
by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, October 5th 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, October 4th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at kristenm@casaofthesouthplains.org.

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