As the school year closes and summer vacation begins, the needs of abused and neglected foster children in our community may be forgotten. While the demand for CASA volunteers continues to increase, summer months often see a reduced number of individuals willing to become Advocates for these most vulnerable children. Each week at least 10-15 children are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers help make sure a foster child’s voice is represented while they are in foster care. 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. CASA needs the publics’ help to meet its goal of 35 new prospective CASA volunteers for its June training class, which would potentially help an additional 70 foster children in this community.
Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, May 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in our office at 1215 Avenue J, Suite 301 in the Reagor Dykes Headquarters. 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.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Gabe Ballesteros, Director of Communications and Marketing, by Wednesday, May 24th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.