CASA in need of volunteers
It's all for the best interest of the child. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is gearing up to train more volunteers. Training for the Howard County area will begin April 11 and continue through April 21. “Ideally, we would like to bring on at least 10 new Howard County volunteers,” Robin Reece, volunteer coordinator, said. According to Reece, there are 35 pending cases in Howard County and 62 area children in foster or relative care, with child abuse and neglect on the rise. They currently have 150 volunteers working with 444 children throughout the areas that they serve, which includes Andrews, Dawson, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Martin and Midland counties. “Every year, thousands of Texas children are removed from their homes by the Department of Family and Protective Services because of abuse or neglect,” Reece said. When it comes to these cases, the judicial court is focused on the welfare of the child. To ensure the child's safety and stability during the year-long judicial process, the courts rely heavily on CASA volunteers to serve as their eyes and ears in the case, according to Reece. If you would like to become a CASA volunteer, contact Reece at 432-683-1114 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.