By Victoria Calvin, CASA of Denton County, Inc.

In Denton County, over 500 children will be removed from their homes each year due to abuse or neglect and placed with people who are not their families as they enter into foster care. Who will look out for these children? Who will be there to ease the pain of separation and to be a voice for the child during this often very difficult and traumatic time?

Perhaps that person is YOU.

CASA of Denton County, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and support volunteers who advocate for children in the foster care system. The volunteers’ role is to help the children move from the foster care system into safe, permanent, loving homes as quickly as possible.

CASA volunteers are professionally trained to advocate for children in foster care. The information they gather and their recommendations help the court overseeing the cases make informed decisions during their time in foster care and even beyond. A CASA volunteer commits to one child or sibling group until the case is closed and the children are in a safe, permanent home.

In 2015, CASA of Denton County, Inc. served 507 children in foster care. And while that is quite a large number, there are still more children in Denton County who need a CASA. This can only be achieved through members of the community standing up to speak for children who have no voice.

For more information, visit www.casadenton.org or call the office at 940-243-2272. The next advocate training session will begin June 17, 2016.

Now offering monthly information sessions.

Please visit our website for more information.