While summer is a time for fun for many children in our community, too often children in foster care are forced to face chaos and uncertainty. They are left without a voice to make sure their needs are being met. The problem of child abuse and neglect doesn’t take a summer vacation. CASA Volunteers are needed to meet the growing demand of children in foster care who need someone to give them a voice. 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 35 new CASA Volunteers for its September training class who would potentially help an additional 70 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, July 24th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at CASA of the South Plains at 1215 Avenue J in the Second Floor Training 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 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, July 23th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.