Volunteer shortage has forced CASA to turn down cases. Here’s how you can help.
Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Special to BENEATH THE SURFACE NEWS
CASA for the Cross Timbers Area is calling for community members to step up and advocate for children and families involved in the child welfare system throughout CASA’s service area.
CASA CTA serves children and families of Bosque, Eastland, Erath and Hamilton counties.
CASA volunteers, called court appointed special advocates, advocate for a child or sibling group in foster care. They advocate in the courtroom, school and other settings for the best interest of the child they are representing, help them stay connected with their families and communities, and work towards family reunification when safe and possible.
“Even with these uncertain times, we are continuing to see and influx of children coming into foster care and we just don’t have enough volunteers to support those children,” said CASA executive director Mindy Wooley said.
“While we can’t change the current climate with the rise in COVID cases and legislative changes, we still want the children who are in foster care right here in our communities to know they have an advocate on their side.
“We have had to turn down cases due to not having enough volunteers, which is a worst-case scenario for us and the children and families who do not receive a CASA.”
If you’re looking for a unique way to serve, join the CASA movement.
To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer or other ways to get involved, visit www.ctacasa.org or join one of our CASA 101 info sessions.