CASA of West Texas on Standby

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- CASA of West Texas is on standby after the program in San Angelo got word they will oversee the more than 400 cases out of Eldorado.

"This is just such a unique situation, I think everyone is going to adapt, and try to be creative to find solutions for these children," said Tracy Fryar, of CASA of West Texas, who says at least some of the children will get shuffled to West Texas, "I think other surrounding areas will have to step in and help out."

CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates are the eyes and ears of the courts. Fryar says volunteers check in on children placed in foster homes to make sure they are adapting and their foster parents are treating the properly. It's just one leg in a race to help neglected and abused children find stability.

"Our role is to advocate for their best interest to make sure the needs are being met," Fryar said, "Right now, we serve a little over 200 children, that can be overwhelming at times, so I can't imagine just the logistics of being able to stay on top of 400 cases."

Even though CASA of West Texas is ready to take on the challenge Fryar says they hope new faces will pop up to help lighten the load for local volunteers.

"Our local kids are going to need a local advocate, so they don't get lost in the shuffle," Fryar said.

If you would like to help by volunteering your time or through donations, call 683-1114.