Voices for Children Training

February 3, 2018 all-day

Voices for Children, CASA of Brazos Valley is Holding Trainings for Volunteers to Advocate for Abused
and Neglected Children in the Foster Care System

If you are looking for a great cause to devote some of your time to, here is your chance! Voices for Children,
CASA of Brazos Valley is in need of new volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children.

Get the opportunity to be a guardian ad litem and stand up in court to advocate for those who need it most,
children in the foster care system. Every year, CASA volunteers change the lives of thousands of boys and
girls across the country by finding them a loving home and saving them from being caught in the foster care
system like so many of the children before them.

Having a CASA shortens a child’s time in the foster care system by an average of seven months. With the
individualized approach, a CASA is poised to be able to detect problems early and bring the challenges as well
as possible solutions to the parties’ attention so that they can be addressed immediately, avoiding placement
changes, court delays, or additional court hearings.

In a survey of Texas judges (University of Texas/Texas CASA, 2009), 94% of responding judges said that
having a CASA provided a better opportunity for a positive outcome and improved the court process.
Honorable Judge John Delaney of Brazos County had this to say about the unique perspective CASA
volunteers bring to the judicial system, “CASA workers provide a special dimension in child abuse/neglect
cases by reporting directly to the court their observations of the performance of government agencies and the
needs of the children we have a duty to serve.”

Voices for Children volunteer training for the Spring starts February 3, 2018. Interested volunteers must be 21
years of age and complete an application and interview prior to training. The training is 4 weeks long and will
cover all topics related to being a CASA. At the end of the training, each new volunteer is sworn in by a judge
to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate and can immediately begin working to make a positive impact on a
child’s life. To become a CASA visit vfcbrazos.org/volunteer/.

Voices for Children, CASA of Brazos Valley is a nonprofit program that recruits and trains volunteers (Court
Appointed Special Advocates or CASAs) in the community to advocate for children that have been removed
from their home and/or are in the foster care system. Last year, Voices for Children served over 200 children in
Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, and Madison counties.