Too often abused and neglected children foster children are left to face the child welfare system alone. A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer who helps a foster child navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. Those with a passion for foster children in our community can MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW by choosing to become a CASA volunteer. CASA needs to meet its goal of 35 new CASA volunteers for its April 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, March 2nd 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.
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.
“I have absolutely enjoyed becoming a CASA! Nothing feels better than knowing I am able to help a child or children during what is a very difficult, confusing and lonely time in their lives,” said Mary Duenes, CASA volunteer.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, March 1st at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.