As summer begins to wind down, now is the perfect time for community members to begin their journey as a CASA Volunteer. The problem of child abuse and neglect doesn’t take a summer vacation and there are children in foster care right now who are waiting for someone to fight for their best interest. 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.
Interested individuals can learn more by attending the upcoming CASA 101 Informational Session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, August 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office 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 Wednesday, August 7th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.