The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 18, 2014

CASA of Trinity Valley in dire need of volunteers

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

CASA of Trinity Valley in Anderson County is in need of volunteers to advocate for an ever-increasing number of local children in foster care.

Last year in Anderson County, 30 local volunteers advocated for 108 children in foster care.

“Volunteers are needed now to face the growing numbers of children being removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect,” Anderson County Case Supervisor Lee McCain Brown said. “These children need volunteers to advocate on their behalf and best interest to move them through the complicated legal system and into safe nurturing homes as quickly as possible.”

CASA of Trinity Valley is supported by and a member of Texas CASA, a statewide association of 69 local CASA programs that recruit, train and supervise community volunteers who are court appointed to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the child protection system.

Each CASA volunteer is appointed to advocate for one child or set of siblings so he or she can get to know the child or sibling group and determine the children’s current and future needs.

The CASA volunteer visits the child regularly, monitors the child’s progress and the progress of the CPS case in general. The CASA volunteer interviews everyone involved in the child’s life and reviews all relevant medical, educational and legal records, and reports his or her findings to the court and other parties. CASA volunteers make recommendations to judges about the children’s best interests now and in the future.

CASA volunteers help guide the children through the overburdened foster care and child protection system to safe, permanent homes. When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the child protection system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate®. The volunteer’s focus is on that child, giving hope and help in guiding the child to a safe, permanent home.

“Make a difference. Consider becoming a CASA volunteer,” Brown said.

Visit www.BecomeACASA.org or www.casaoftv.org

Call 903-723-2272 for information or to attend one of CASA’s local “Breakfast for Advocates” to meet volunteers and learn how you can make a difference in a child’s’ life.