Training upcoming for needed CASA child advocates

Published 12:03 am Saturday, July 25, 2020

CASA of Southeast Texas is in critical need for dedicated members of the community to dedicate their time in becoming a CASA volunteer advocate and help break the cycle of abuse and neglect by supporting children and families.

Due to COVID-19, CASA has seen an increase of cases.

CASA of Southeast Texas is offering a new flexible pre-service training in an online interactive environment.

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CASA of Southeast Texas is hosting its new-volunteer advocate training class Aug. 25–Sept. 24.

Required training sessions can be completed from the comfort of home. Enrollment is currently open. CASA of Southeast Texas has a goal of providing a volunteer for every foster child in Jefferson County to represent the child’s best interest in cases of abuse and neglect.

Without CASA volunteers, the children have no voice. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, one can keep abused and neglected children safe while they reach a safe, permanent home.

CASA advocates get to know the child and everyone involved in the child’s life to advocate for the child’s best interests while they are in the foster care system.

Requirements to become a CASA include: committing to at least one year of advocacy, passing criminal and CPS background checks, and minimum age of 21 years old.

For more information about being an advocate, contact the CASA office at 409-832-2272.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc. is a nonprofit service organization that recruits, trains, and supervises a diverse group of community volunteers, appointed by the courts for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe, permanent homes.