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CASA Welcomes New CASA Volunteers

We are so happy to welcome our newest CASA advocates, Marion Blake, Elvira Shugart, Nancy Young and Lupita Salazar Weeks. These wonderful ladies have chosen to be a part of our program because of their passion for children. Their 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.

CASA is currently seeking volunteers in Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells County Kleberg and Kenedy Counties. To learn how you can help children in your community please visit 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!

Marion Blake and
Judge Jamie E. Carrillo

Elvira Shugart and
Judge Jamie E. Carrillo

Nancy Young and
Judge Michael V. Garcia

Lupita Salazar Weeks and
Judge Jamie E. Carrillo