Since 2004, churches across the country have showed their commitment to supporting the most vulnerable populations in their communities through Stand Sunday—a globally recognized day of prayer for children and families involved in foster care on November 12, 2023. This year, CASA of Bastrop, Fayette & Lee Counties is joining alongside them.
There were 49 children in the child welfare system in our community in calendar year 2022. Children come into foster care when their families are in crisis, and are sometimes placed in foster homes far away from everyone and everything they know and love. Through no fault of their own, they face the risk of negative outcomes like homelessness, substance use and incarceration.
CASA volunteers are everyday citizens from the community who are screened and trained, and appointed by a judge to advocate for these children’s best interests. Volunteers are designated to serve one child or sibling group and evaluate their well-being by getting to know them and speaking with any and all relevant contacts in their lives, including their parents, foster parents, family of origin, teachers, therapists and more. Their first priority is reunifying the child with their parents, whenever safe and possible. When this is not an option, they advocate for the child to live with other family members or a loving adoptive family. Whatever the case, they provide a consistent presence for the child throughout their time in foster care, and ensure they’re connected with a lifetime network of support that will help them succeed.
“Whether you’re religious or not, and whether you practice prayer or not, we hope you will think of children in foster care on Stand Sunday,” Bauer said. “We also hope you’ll consider ways you can support these children and their families, like becoming a CASA volunteer.”
To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, call 512.409.0771 or visit www.BecomeACASA.org. The next CASA Volunteer Training will be held in January 2024.
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