It is with great pleasure that we welcome a our newest CASA volunteers. These individuals have chosen to be a part of our program because of our mutual passion for children. Your passion helps us all come together and be a strong voice as we speak up for and on behalf of children in foster care.
When a child enters foster care because his or her home is no longer safe, a CASA volunteer can be appointed by a Judge to represent the child’s best interest. A volunteer guides a foster child through the child protective system with the goal of reaching a safe and permanent home. Volunteers often become one of the only consistent adults for a foster child, spending a significant amount of time with the child.
The work of a CASA volunteer also involves gathering information from everyone involved in the child’s daily life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, doctors and social workers. CASA volunteers use the information they collect to report to the Judge, advocating for the child’s physical and emotional needs. CASA volunteers are not foster parents; they are highly trained community advocates acting as a powerful voice for a child or sibling group.
To learn how you can help children in your community, find your local CASA program at BecomeACASA.org or contact Nicole at 361.595.7233. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and be willing to commit to at least one year of advocacy. No special educational background or experience is required. Call today! Every child deserves a chance... It's You!
Photo 1: From Left to Right- Bayley Irby, Cindy Christian, Ofelia Jimenez and Judge Jaime E. Carrillo.
Photo 2: From Left to Right - Autumn Peterson Williams, Julieana Harris, Judge Jame E. Carrillo, Sandra Rideout - Hanzak and Terry Hanzak
Photo 3: Allie Melendez, Nancy DeLeon and Judge Jaime E. Carrillo