Brush Country CASA Welcomes New CASA Volunteers
We are so happy to welcome our newest CASA advocates, Rosario Hernandez, Jessica Garica, Anja Martinez, Valerie Hoops, Sheyla Guzman and Adam Sandoval. We are super excited because they are the first to complete our new online training class which was developed to combat the challenges our program has faced due to COVID-19. Even with challenges we are pushing harder to ensure that the children in foster care in our community have a CASA volunteer to stand up for them.
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, 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 to learn more about our upcoming online training! It will begin on June 16th and is completely free to attend. Every child deserves a chance… It’s You!