More volunteers needed for CASA of the Pines Angelina County

Updated: Aug. 4, 2018 at 4:57 PM CDT
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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - CASA advocacy leaders said there's a need for CASA volunteers to represent East Texas children after seeing a shortage. Court appointed special advocates are people who stand up for foster children in our court system.

Crystal Brummett took time out of her Saturday to learn how to become CASA volunteer.

"I work at Rusk State Hospital, so I see adults that have been through things in their life," Brummett said. "I just want to help them before they get to that place in their life to where the trauma has affected them as an adult."

Brummett said she felt compelled to give time and be a voice for the voiceless after going through an experience of her how when she was younger.

"I has been molested as a child (but) had awesome parents and treatment and everything. So I've always wanted to help someone else that has been through that because I had the awesome family support and I know that a lot of kids don't have that family support," Brummett said.

Maura Messer with the CASA of the Pines in Angelina County trains the volunteers. She said becoming a volunteer provides special attention to the children in a individual basis.

"In order to do that we have to continue to train volunteers because unfortunately for the number of children in foster care is increasing and so we have to increase the number of advocates we have to serve that population," Messer said.

Participants learn how to advocate for foster children, while adults maneuver them through court proceedings

Angelina County Casa of the Pines currently has 70 child advocates. They still need at least 25 more volunteers.

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