Too often, children who enter into the foster care system are forced to face a tidal wave of change and uncertainty alone. A CASA volunteer, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, can help a child navigate the chaos of foster care by working with parents, family members, teachers, doctors, foster parents, and other adults who may have information about the child and making recommendations to the court about what’s in the child’s best interest. More CASA volunteers are needed to serve the increasing number of children entering foster care. CASA of the South Plains needs the community’s help us meet our goal of twenty new prospective volunteers for our next training class, which begins Saturday, April 7th.
“There are so many foster children that need help and a voice to speak for them,” said Monique Swartz, CASA volunteer.
Prospective volunteers can sign up for the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Wednesday, March 14th 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.