Amarillo’s CASA Program looking for more Volunteers
There is a shortage of CASA Volunteers in Amarillo, If you haven't heard of the program it's actually an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. What these amazing volunteers do is help kids in the foster system who may not be able to speak for themselves have a voice.
Going to Court is Tough, Going As A Child is Tougher
It's hard enough to go into the foster system for any child, and part of being in that system are hearings related to custody or placement and for some children the possibility that they may never be placed and age out of the system is very real. So imagine having to deal with that and having to prepare for a court case of which you may not be able to advocate for what is in your best interests.
CASA Volunteers act in those best interests by bringing information from children into the court as a set of eyes and ears that may have not otherwise been known which may help with a more positive outcome for the child going through the process. Another part of the job is making sure that safe housing is also available.
The Amarillo program was first launched in September of 1994 and quickly expanded out of Randall and Potter Counties to include Armstrong, and Hutchinson counties in 1996. Today they also serve under the designation of Guardian Ad Litems in Armstrong, Briscoe and Swisher Counties.
The program is currently seeking volunteers as they have 28 children who need an advocate. There is a time commitment that can be anywhere from 5 to 10 months and they hope to have someone to help each of these children before school starts. There are several classes coming up in September and everything you need to know about volunteering can be found on the Amarillo CASA website