As the number of foster children entering into the foster care system continues to grow at a distressing rate, so does the need for additional community members to answer this challenge and serve as CASA volunteers. CASA of the South Plains needs the community’s help to make sure every foster child has a voice who will speak up for their well-being. 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. Help us meet our goal of twenty new prospective volunteers for our first training class of 2018, which begins Monday, February 12th. “A child in foster care needs someone who has the know-how and ability to talk to all of the "powers that be" on his behalf,” said Jim, CASA volunteer.
Prospective volunteers can sign up for the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, January 11th 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, January 10th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.