Child Advocacy Group in Need of Volunteers

Child Advocacy Group in Need of Volunteers

by: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND-  The number of child neglect cases are on the rise in the Basin. Without CASA volunteers, some children would slip through the cracks.

"We cover seven counties in this area. We're in Dawson, Howard, Martin, Glasscock, Andrews and Gaines County. Today (Tuesday) we had to turn down a case because we didn't have enough volunteers to cover those," Kathy Harmon, who is in charge of recruiting, said. 

Harmon says the process doesn't take that long and she is looking for good-hearted people wanting to make a difference in a child's life.  

"If they would call us, we'll send them an application. They have to be at least 21 years old," Harmon said.

Harmon tells NewsWest 9, an extensive background check is done on potential volunteers. Once that's all clear, a 30 hour training course is required and then you get your first case.  

The duties of a CASA volunteer involve visiting the child once a month and being their voice at court hearings. Making suggestions to the court on behalf of the child is also a requirement. Harmon needs all volunteers but there are parts of West Texas that are more needed than others.

"We are specially needing volunteers in Lamesa, Andrews and Seminole. Those are some of the crucial areas that we are in need of volunteers," Harmon said.

The relationship can be life-long with the child they help.

"I think it takes a person with a big heart and willing to help children. They are the most vulnerable in our population. CASA is a really good way to advocate for those children," Harmon said.

If you would like to volunteer, you can give CASA a call at 432-683-1114.