CASA of the South Plains has received a $7,500 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas to fund its Volunteer Advocacy Program. The funds from this grant will help ensure that CASA Volunteers continue to have the support and guidance of Advocacy Coordinators. Each Advocacy Coordinators supervises up to 25 Volunteer Advocates and monitors the cases of 50-70 children in foster care. CASA Volunteers play a critical role in the life of children in the foster care system. A CASA, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, is an individual who helps a child in foster care navigate the child welfare system, while working to ensure their needs are met and to help find a safe, permanent home.
Established in 1981, the Community Foundation of West Texas is a regional philanthropic entity created by and for the people of the Texas South Plains region. The Community Foundation exists to improve quality of life in the region by helping area donors to give in ways that make an enduring impact on their community. In 2018, the Community Foundation and its affiliates awarded more than $2.5 million in grants and scholarships, funding projects of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. Visit www.communityfoundationofwesttexas.org to learn more.
“CASA of the South Plains is incredibly grateful to the Community Foundation of West Texas for awarding this grant. Advocacy Coordinators play a crucial role in the coaching and support of CASA Volunteers. They ensure all CASA Volunteers understand how to fulfill the role of Guardian ad Litem, provide valuable feedback, answer questions, and are often a source of emotional support,” said Jaclyn Morris, Executive Director for CASA of the South Plains.