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. CASA volunteers make lasting impressions in the lives of abused and neglected foster children, and positively impact the judicial and child welfare systems. CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time, so that they can give each child’s case the sustained, personal attention he or she deserves. Children with CASA volunteers spend less time in long-term foster care, experience fewer out of home placements, and have significantly improved educational performance. There is a crucial need for more CASA volunteers. This New Year, resolve to make a difference NOW and become a CASA to help make sure foster children in our community have an Advocate to represent their well-being. 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 26th 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 wish every child in my court had a CASA. The information volunteer Advocates gather and provide to the court is critical in my decision-making,” said Judge Kara Darnell, South Plains Foster Care Court.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, January 25th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.