With the number of children entering into the foster care system outpacing the number of available CASA volunteers, additional community members are needed who can make sure the best interest of a foster child remains a priority while they are in foster care. Make a resolution this year that will have a lasting impact in the life of a foster child and make a difference NOW! A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer who helps foster children navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. Help CASA meet its goal of 35 new CASA volunteers for its February training class, which would potentially help an additional 70 foster children.
Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, January 12th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Grand 2nd floor conference room at Reagor Dykes Headquarters, 1215 Avenue J. 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.
“I ensured that [the children I served] did not become lost in the often complex and bureaucratic child welfare system and that they received all the services they needed,” said Michelle Spitzer, CASA Volunteer.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, January 11th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at email@example.com. Lunch will be provided to attendees.