CASA, short for Court-Appointed Special Advocate, makes up an elite force whose sole purpose is to represent displaced children.

On Wednesday, that organization took a leap forward in membership, all thanks to some caring individuals.

The ranks of CASA grew to 108 volunteers. It is a significant number of people all willing to give their time to make sure the children who are victims of abuse know they have someone on their side; someone they can always count on.

They lined up with big smiles, full of enthusiasm and all eager and willing to help the children of Nueces County.

Last year, there were 975 foster children in the Coastal Bend, but only about 400 had CASA volunteers to help them get placed in a secure and nurturing home while awaiting courts to decided their fate, whether they be removed from their homes permanently or temporarily.

CASA's director said there's always a need for more volunteers.

"It's not really for CASA as much as it is for the children," said David Medina, a new volunteer for CASA. "These children really need somebody going to court to represent what's good for them."

If you would like to know more about becoming a court-appointed special advocate, you can start by clicking here and visiting their Web site.