Comanche, TX - CASA in the Heart of Texas recruits, trains, and supports high-quality local volunteers who become Advocates (Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASAs) for children in the foster care system. These Advocates facilitate nurturing relationships for the child; help find, engage and strengthen a support network for the child and family; and focus on one child or sibling group at a time. They work to ensure children’s safety while in foster care; help keep children connected to their culture and cultural identity; and advocate to keep families together when safe and possible.
As our nation has a history of inequity with minorities, so do the systems within it – including the child welfare system. On the national and state levels, the child welfare system is still striving to correct the inequities of the past. Disproportionality and disparate outcomes can still be seen, however; and CASA programs are in a unique position to see and influence these issues on a case by case basis. CASA in the Heart of Texas provides training covering disproportionality and disparity in order to equip advocates with the knowledge to spot and combat occurrences and patterns that contribute to inequity. Our February in-service training for our current volunteers, tying in with our celebration of Black History Month, is focused on advocacy for African American children and families with emphasis on inclusion and equality.
To help our community celebrate Black History Month, our Facebook page (CASA in the Heart of Texas) is featuring posts this month which highlight the contributions of five Black women who were trailblazers in the area of child welfare: Carrie Steele Logan, Janie Porter Barrett, Fredericka Douglass Sprague Perry, Dorothy Pittman Hughes, and Marian Wright Edelman. Please “Like” our page and feel free to share our posts any and every month.
If we are truly committed to the notion that every child is worthy and deserving of love and proper care, we have to move beyond being “blind” to people’s race/ethnicity, heritage and culture to a point of truly seeing individuals for who they are, including their background and culture. At CASA in the Heart of Texas, we value and seek to honor the culture of the children and families we serve. That includes pointing out the contributions, strengths, and efforts of people who look like and share heritage with them.
Increasing diversity within our CASA community is also important as we serve the families of our communities, and we are looking to build bridges and become more diverse. We need help reaching and developing relationships within the African American and Hispanic/Latinx communities. If you have suggestions or are interested in helping us make those connections, please contact Joanne at 325-643-2557 or Joanne@casahot.org.
If you are interested in learning more about CASA in the Heart of Texas and how to make a difference in our community by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate or helping in other ways, please call 325-643-2557 or visit CASAbrownwood.org.