The need for CASA volunteers is greater than ever. In 2017, only 40% of the foster children in the areas served by CASA of the South Plains were able to receive advocacy services due to a lack of volunteers. A CASA volunteer, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, can help a foster child by being the voice for their best interest while working to help find a safe, permanent home. You can help us achieve the goal of providing a volunteer Advocate to EVERY child in foster care! The difference you can make as a CASA volunteer is powerful. Statistically, on average, children with an Advocate:
• Spend 5 months less in foster care.
• Are more likely to successfully advance to the next grade level in school.
• Are half as likely to re-enter foster care.
• CASA volunteers make lasting impressions in the lives of abused and neglected foster children, and positively impact the judicial and child welfare systems.
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. Prospective volunteers can sign up for the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, March 22nd 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.