Weatherford Democrat

April 12, 2014

CASA volunteer advocate training begins April 28


Weatherford Democrat

— Persons interested in becoming a volunteer advocate for abused and/or neglected children are invited to CASA-Hope For Children’s training that begins April 28.

CASA is an acronym for Court-Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA volunteer is appointed by a judge to watch over, and speak up for, abused and neglected children and to make sure they do not get lost in the legal and social service systems or languish in the foster care system.

A CASA volunteer is appointed to the kid(s) in the case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home and the case is closed.

A CASA volunteer spends an average of 15-20 hours a month on their case. Besides the four-to-five court hearings per year, and a few daytime meetings, CASA volunteers typically find the casework flexible enough to accommodate their schedules.

Texas CASA shares a quote from a volunteer: “A CASA volunteer cannot change the past of an abused or neglected child, but a CASA volunteer can be a part of changing a child’s future.”

To become a CASA volunteer, a person needs to complete the 30-hour training course established by Texas CASA. The next training begins April 28 with classes offered in the morning (9 a.m.-noon) and evening (6:30-9:30 p.m.) three times a week.

Morning classes will be held at the CASA office, 701 Palo Pinto St., Ste. 701-F, in Weatherford, and evening classes will be at Aledo United Methodist Church, 100 Pecan Drive in Aledo.

For more information about CASA, or to receive a CASA volunteer application, call 817-599-6224 or email casa@casaofparkercounty.com.