CASA calls on community to serve state's 32,000 kids In foster care

CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to serve as advocates for children in the foster care system.   File photo

The Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recently highlighted the nearly 32,000 children in the state who are in foster care by encouraging the community to help ensure a successful future for these children through the CASA program.

In conjunction with the recent observance of National Foster Care Month, Texas CASA launched a campaign to recruit volunteers and educate the community on the vulnerable youth in the foster care program.

“We are facing a crisis that is not only affecting our most vulnerable youth, but amounts to significant social costs for our communities and our state,” Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs said in a press release. “All children need a strong adult presence in their lives, if they are to have a bright future. A CASA volunteer can provide this stable support, and the involvement of a CASA volunteer is proven to improve a child’s outcome."

CASA volunteers, who are appointed by a judge, serve as advocates for children in the foster care system and speak on the child’s behalf. Texas CASA is also working on implementing several new programs to improve the advocacy for long-term foster care children.

Anyone who is 21 or older and is interested in finding out more about how to become a CASA volunteer, can visit becomeacasa.org.

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