This year's Coastal Bend Day of Giving supports 50 area nonprofits on the forefront of assisting those in need, and CASA of the Coastal Bend is one of them.

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From CASA of the Coastal Bend:

"In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of nearly 1,000 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

In 1991, CASA of Nueces County was established. 10 years later, CASA expanded to cover Aransas and San Patricio counties to become CASA of the Coastal Bend. There are currently 95 volunteers that serve 199 children.

Our trained volunteers gather information and evaluate the needs of the children they represent. These volunteers speak out in court, advocating for the best interest of the children. CASA of the Coastal Bend's goal is to help place children in a safe, nurturing forever home as quickly as possible.

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CASA hosts 45-minute Information Sessions every Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the CASA office, 2602 Prescott. These are Q&A sessions where someone just like YOU can learn about becoming a CASA volunteer.

Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. They are the one constant adult in these children's lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect that every child deserves. CASA Volunteers not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) help break the cycle of child abuse.

66% of people in Texas prisons today were in foster care.

In Nueces, San Patricio and Aransas Counties a Child Protective Services worker is responsible for 60-65 cases/children. A CASA volunteer is responsible for one case at a time with one or more children, allowing the volunteer to give quality one-on-one time to each child.

To Become a CASA volunteer means you are:

- Willing to commit to at least one year of your time

- Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing

- Willing to participate in an in-depth training program

- Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks

- Over age 21

To receive an information packet, email Diana@coastalbendcasa.org."

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