Pool parties, family trips, and other outdoor activities are what many of us think about when summer starts. For children in foster care in our community the summer can be a time of anxiety, uncertainty, and feeling powerless. Child abuse and neglect doesn’t take a summer vacation. A child in foster care needs the voice of a consistent adult who will stand up for their well-being. They need a CASA Volunteer. 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 public's help to meet its goal of 25 new CASA Volunteers for its July training class who would potentially help an additional 50 children in foster care in our community.
Community members can attend the upcoming CASA 101 Informational Session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Wednesday, June 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lubbock Area United Way at 1655 Main Street, #101. 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 Patti Castro, Recruitment Director, by Tuesday, June 18th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.