603 foster children in our community received advocacy services from dedicated CASA volunteers in 2016. However, the number of foster children who still need a voice to represent their well-being while they are in the foster care system continues to grow at an alarming rate. There is a solution. Individuals can volunteer to become a CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers help foster children navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. Community members can take action and MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW by choosing to become CASA volunteers.
Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, March 9th 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.
“My CASA Advocate was awesome! She was so helpful, motivating, and made a big difference in my life. She made my voice heard,” said Mandy, former foster youth.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, March 8th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.