The number of children entering into the foster care system continues to rise each year. In 2017, our region ranked fifth in the state of Texas for the number of confirmed victims of child abuse per capita, ahead of larger cities like Austin and Houston. Children in foster care in our community need YOUR voice to help make sure their best interest remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. They need CASA Volunteers. They need YOU! 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’s goal is to recruit fifty new CASA Volunteers in the next fifty days. Fifty new CASA Volunteers could help 100 additional children in foster care or more.
With YOUR help we can meet this incredible goal. To learn more, attend the CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Wednesday, August 15th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Banking Center building at 1500 Broadway in the San Jacinto room on the second floor. 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, like YOU, can help make a difference.
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 Tuesday, August 14th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.