On Mother’s Day we celebrate everything a mother does for her children. Mothers change their children’s diapers, fed them, teach them to walk, take them to school, protect them and so much more.
Sadly, that not all children are so lucky to have a mother, or a mother figure, who can and will do these things for them.
When a child is placed in the state’s care because of evidence of abuse and neglect, a judge can appoint a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to speak up for a child’s best interest by learning everything about the child’s situation.
Often the CASA volunteer is the stability a child needs during this frightful time. CASA volunteers advocate for the child’s best interests in court and in the child welfare system when no one else can.
CASA volunteers are regular people — stay-at-home moms, retirees, teachers, businesspeople. They don’t need to be lawyers or social workers. They just need to be willing to speak up for children in need just like a mother would for her child.
You can help break the cycle of abuse from one generation to another. You can model what a good mother looks like by becoming a CASA volunteer or supporting CASA of Denton County.
The next training class for becoming a CASA volunteer for CASA of Denton County begins Friday, May 31.
Lori Powell, Program Director
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Denton County, Inc.