Lubbock, Texas – Too many children who enter into the foster care system do not have a voice to speak up for their well-being and are left feeling alone with an unsure future. With the start of a new year, now is the perfect time for individuals to serve as CASA volunteers and make sure foster children in our community do not get lost in an over-burdened child welfare system. A CASA volunteer, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, can help a foster child navigate the child welfare system while working to help find a safe, permanent home. Help us meet our goal of twenty new prospective volunteers for our first training class of 2018, which begins Monday, February 12th.

“I chose CASA because I wanted to be able to help a child who couldn’t get help otherwise. CASA was perfect for me to be able to do just that. I CASA, can you?,” said Monique Swartz, CASA volunteer.Prospective volunteers can sign up for the upcoming CASA 101 informational session hosted by CASA of the South Plains on Wednesday, January 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the CASA office in the Reagor Dykes Headquarters at 1215 Avenue J in the second floor conference 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 area foster children. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

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 Kristen Mata, Recruitment Director, by Tuesday, January 16th at (806) 763-2272 or via email at kristenm@casaofthesouthplains.org.

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 volunteer spend, on average, 5 months less in foster care and are half as likely to re-enter foster care.
  2. 603 foster youth received advocacy services from CASA of the South Plains in 2016.
  3. 267 CASA volunteers donated a total of 8,691 hours in 2016, saving county taxpayers $478,005 in county paid attorneys’ fees.

How You Can Help

  1. Become a CASA volunteer – In 2016, almost 800 children were left without the assistance of an Advocate in the South Plains.
  2. Become a CASA donor – Consider a monthly gift of $5 or more through the Heroes for Hope campaign. Every gift makes a difference!
  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.