CASA volunteers are trained and court appointed to investigate, monitor, report, and serve as advocates for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers work to ensure their basic rights and essential needs don’t get overlooked or ignored by the system. A child with a CASA volunteer is half as likely to spend time in long-term foster care as one without a volunteer advocate. And when that child leaves the system, he or she is much more likely to stay out of foster care. Permanently.
Approximately 50% of the youth CASA of the South Plains serves are in temporary foster care; their future hasn’t been decided yet, reunification with a parent, placement with relatives, or adoption are still being explored. CASA Volunteers help achieve the best permanent outcome for these youth as quickly as possible. The remaining 50% of the youth CASA of the South Plains serves are in “long-term foster care” These youth typically range in age between 12-17. Through no fault of their own, they often languish in long term foster care, experiencing multiple placements, multiple schools, and service providers, etc. Many “age out” of the foster care system when they turn 18 left to their own, often less-than-sufficient, devices. Outcomes for these young people are not good; research shows that they are more likely to face homelessness, unemployment, early parenthood, substance abuse and even prison. Please remember these are not just statistics, they represent real children’s lives. With your help, their stories can have better endings. Through the commitment and advocacy of CASA volunteers just like you, abused and neglected children on the South Plains have a hope for a better tomorrow. While the time commitment is not huge (10-15 hours monthly), the impact CASA volunteers have on these children's lives is immeasurable.