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CASA for Kids fundraiser a success

January 06, 2021 - 00:00
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  • CASA for Kids fundraiser a success

CASA for Kids of South Central Texas held its first annual Casas for CASA Home for the Holidays Playhouse Drawing Dec. 18, and the event received overwhelming support. Over $20,000 was raised through ticket sales and donations and will be used to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Austin, Colorado, Waller and Washington county courts through the training and support of community volunteers. “We could not have raised these funds without our four builders who designed, constructed and donated the playhouses,” said Mandy Wright, executive director of CASA for Kids.

CASA for Kids invites you to join them in supporting their mission to advocate for the best interest of local children in foster care by becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to help ensure every child’s voice is heard. The start of a new year often comes with a list of resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are different for everyone, but one of the most common is to live a healthier lifestyle. If you’re hoping to improve your physical and mental health, there’s one option that often gets overlooked and benefits others: volunteering.

Volunteering and helping others has been found to benefit both physical and mental health, and there are a variety of options in our community. If you’re looking for a new way to make changes in your life and in the lives of others, consider resolving to help children and families in the child welfare system by volunteering with CASA for Kids.

51,417 children are currently in the Texas child welfare system. These children have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care, sometimes far away from their families and communities. They need a CASA to stand by their side and advocate for them.

“Children in foster care are often separated from their families, siblings, friends and other loved ones, and placed in an unfamiliar setting far away from everything they know,” said Wright.

“CASA volunteers stand with them during this uncertain time, providing a consistent presence and speaking up for their best interest in court, school and other settings.”

CASA volunteers are everyday members of the community who are recruited, screened and trained to advocate for a child or sibling group in foster care. They get to know the child on an individual level so that they can make sure their physical, emotional and educational needs are met.

They also get to know the child’s parents, family, foster parents and other important people in their life, with the goal of working towards reunifying the child with their parents whenever safe and possible. They help make sure children have a support system of family and other reliable, committed adults who can help them both during and after their time in foster care.

In the New Year, consider becoming a CASA volunteer and make an impact in a child’s life, and your own. Every child has a chance – it’s you.

To learn more, visit www.wespeak-4kids.org. Next training session starts 1/19/2021. Applications are being accepted now.