School is out and for many families now is the time for summer fun. Unfortunately, children entering into foster care in our community don’t always have that option. They often feel isolated and alone. The problem of child abuse and neglect doesn’t take the summer off. CASA needs YOU this summer to make a difference in the life of a foster child by becoming a CASA Volunteer. There are not enough volunteers available to serve in this important role. 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 a safe, permanent home. CASA needs 25 new volunteers for its upcoming June training class, which would potentially help an additional 50 foster children in our community.
Learn more by attending the CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, May 31st from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office in the Reagor Dykes Headquarters building 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.
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.