NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There's currently a shortage of Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster children from Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine counties.
The need falls right in line with a month set aside to raise awareness about child abuse.
It's Child Abuse Awareness Month. It's a time when the executive director of CASA of Deep East Texas, Tonya Harry, lets the rest of us know why Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers are so important.
"CASA is a constant because on a child's journey through foster care, they see so many faces," Harry said.
Britney Porter saw seven foster homes. Today she's CASA's volunteer supervisor searching for caring individuals.
"Their heart and soul is really into finding this child a safe and loving permanent home and most of them are just excited and happy to be here and be part of the experience," Porter said.
Yet there are rarely enough CASA volunteers to serve all the children. Currently 14 children served by CASA of Deep East Texas are waiting for a relationship like none other.
"Because a CASA volunteer will have one case, whereas if our supervisors are serving the case they may be serving 11 to 15 children at a time," Harry said.
There are currently 195 children being served by CASA. It's important to be reminded that child abuse does occur in your community.
CASA of Deep East Texas is recruiting 10 volunteers.
Pre-service training begins on Tuesday. Classes are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., but individualized training can be arranged if that time doesn't fit with a person's schedule.