The start of another school brings the unofficial end of summer. Unfortunately, it is also synonymous with an increase in the number of investigated cases of abuse and neglect. As children reenter classrooms, signs of abuse and neglect are more likely to be recognized and reported. Children who enter into the foster care system shouldn’t have to face the chaos and uncertainty of the child welfare system alone. CASA Volunteers are changing a child’s story by speaking up 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 advocate for a safe, permanent home. Thirty-five new CASA Volunteers are needed for the September training class who will potentially help an additional 70 children in foster care in our community. This is your opportunity to change a child’s story!
Community members are invited to learn more by attending the upcoming CASA 101 Informational Session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Wednesday, August 21st from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office at 1215 Avenue J, 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 can help make a difference in the lives of children in foster care.
To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Patti Castro, Recruitment Director, by Tuesday, August 20th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.