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CASA in critical need of volunteers

(Source: CASA of the South Plains) (Source: CASA of the South Plains)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 413 children have entered into the foster care system on the South Plains as of June 7, 2016.

While CASA volunteers have been able to serve 318 children, 95 are still in need of an Advocate.

A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer that helps foster children navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. Volunteers can serve on a case alone or they may choose to “Team Up for CASA” by partnering with a spouse, friend, family member, or co-worker.

Teams can maximize their time commitment by sharing advocacy responsibilities such as attendance at case meetings, visits to the children, and preparation of court reports while providing multiple role models to the children they serve. Fifteen new teams, or a total of 30 new volunteers, are needed for the September training class.

These new volunteers will help make sure that at least thirty additional foster children have someone who can speak up for their well-being while they are in foster care. Community members are encouraged to accept the challenge, “Team Up for CASA,” and become volunteer Advocates.
                                                                        
Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, September 1 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the CASA office at #24 Briercroft Office Park.

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 area foster children.

“Teaming up for CASA is a great way to reduce your nervousness about jumping in to something completely out of your comfort zone. Having a partner to share the burdens, celebrate the joys, and brainstorm solutions has made CASA even more enjoyable for me. The case benefits because there are an additional set of eyes, brains, and hearts involved,” said Sarah Rothwell, volunteer Advocate.

To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Amanda Norfleet, Recruitment Director, by Wednesday, August 31 at (806) 763-2272 or via email at amandan@casaofthesouthplains.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.  

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