School is out and the unofficial start of summer is here. For many this means a time for family vacations and fun. Unfortunately, for hundreds of children in foster care in our community their summer will be filled with chaos and uncertainty. The problem of child abuse and neglect doesn’t takes the summer off. More community members are urgently needed to serve as CASA Volunteers and be the voice for the best interest of these most vulnerable children. A CASA, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, helps a child in foster care navigate the child welfare system while working to ensure their needs are being met and to help find a safe, permanent home. CASA needs the publics’ help to meet its goal of 25 new CASA volunteers for its July training class who would potentially help an additional 50 foster children in our community.
Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 Informational Session
hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, June 6th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
at the First United Bank Operations Center at 5808 4th Street. 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 children in foster care.
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, June 5th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.