Each week ten to fifteen children are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and are forced to face the chaos of change in the foster care system. Every foster child deserves to have their voice represented and to have their needs remain a priority. CASA of the South Plains is challenging the community to “Join Team CASA” and become CASA volunteers. Thirty prospective volunteers are needed for the final training session of 2017, which begins Monday, October 30th. A CASA volunteer, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, can help a foster child navigate the child welfare system while working to help find a safe, permanent home. Volunteers can also work together as a team by partnering with their spouse, a friend, family member, or co-worker to advocate on behalf of a sibling group of foster children. By teaming up, volunteers can share advocacy responsibilities, including attendance at case meetings, visits to the children, and preparation of court reports, while providing multiple role models for the foster children involved in their case.
Prospective volunteers can attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, October 12th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office in the Reagor Dykes Headquarters at 1215 Avenue J in the second floor conference room. 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. Lunch will be provided to attendees.
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 Kristen Mata, Recruitment Director, by Wednesday, October 11th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.