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CASA of the South Plains issues urgent call for volunteers

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In 2015 over 1,200 abused and neglected children entered into the foster care system in the communities served by CASA of the South Plains.

More than 700 of these most vulnerable children were left without someone to speak up for their well-being due to the lack of volunteers who could serve as Advocates. CASA needs more volunteer Advocates.

CASA needs YOU!

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. CASA needs to meet its goal of 20 new CASA volunteers for its November training class, which would potentially help an additional 40 foster children.

Prospective volunteers are urged to attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Thursday, October 6th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office, 1215 Avenue J, Suite 301. 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 area foster children.

"When I met my CASA he was the first person that asked me, "What can I do to help you?" He was always there for me…and he helped me cope with all the changes during my time in foster care," said Jordan, former foster youth.

To attend, please register at www.casaofthesouthplains.org or contact Amanda Norfleet, Recruitment Director, by Wednesday, October 5th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at amandan@casaofthesouthplains.org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

About CASA of the South Plains

CASA of the South Plains empowers community members to serve as volunteer Advocates that speak for the well-being of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Court appointed special advocates are community members just like you who ensure each foster child's needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system while working to find safe, permanent homes for these most vulnerable children.

CASA's Impact

1. Children with a CASA Advocate spend 5 months less in foster care and are half as likely to re-enter foster care.

2. In 2015, CASA of the South Plains provided advocacy services to 485 foster youth.

3. CASA Advocates donated 8,591 hours in 2015, saving county taxpayers more than $343,640 in county paid attorney fees.

How You Can Help

1. Become a CASA Advocate - more than 700 children are without the assistance of an Advocate in the South Plains.

2. Become a CASA donor - it costs CASA $1,500 to recruit and train each Advocate.

3. Host a CASA 101 - CASA will come to your business and educate your staff about its mission and goals.

To learn how to become an Advocate, or if you are unable to volunteer at this time, and would like to make a donation, visit www.casaofthesouthplains.org or call (806) 763-2272.

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