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Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CASA: Lift your voice

Texas CASA, CASA of Travis County and CASA programs in Central Texas would like to partner with influential members of the community to raise awareness about the desperate need to recruit volunteers, specifically African Americans and male volunteers, to help children who are in the foster care system in and around Central Texas.
Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA) is launching a year-long campaign in Texas to partner with African American leaders to raise awareness and publicize the critical need for CASA volunteers.  We believe that by working with pastors and community leaders we can search the hearts and souls of congregations and find an audience of worshipers who may be willing volunteers in an effort to help abused and neglected children in Central Texas.

We invite you to a very special event to learn more about CASA
Lift Your Voice
 Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Huston-Tillotson University Student Union
900 Chicon, Austin, TX
A light dinner will be served
Please register by clicking the link below or e-mail

Guest speakers to include:
Vicki Spriggs, CEO, TX CASA
The Honorable TX State Representative Dawnna Dukes
Judge Texanna Davis
Chadwick Sapenter (former foster youth)
Rev. James Lee McDonald
CASA Volunteers Larry Comer & John Despertt III

About CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Research demonstrates that a one-to-one relationship between a child or youth and a caring, supportive adult can lead to positive changes in a young person’s life. CASA volunteers are often the one constant in a child’s life as he or she goes through the foster care system. Appointed by the court to represent the best interest of children in care, CASA volunteers are everyday people who have gone through intensive training and background checks and commit to making a difference in a child’s life.  
Regrettably, African American children represent 30 percent of the children in our state's care, though African American children represent only 12 percent of the general population.  Of the more than 16,000 children removed from their homes and placed in the Texas child welfare system, approximately 5,100 were African American.
In 2011, CASA volunteers advocated for the best interest of African American children in court and beyond, but the numbers are staggering when it comes to need for African American volunteers. African American children comprised 22 percent of the foster children served by CASA, but only 8 percent of the volunteers were African American! Children without CASA volunteers tend to stay in foster care longer and don’t get the help and services they need.
Together, through advocacy and partnership, we can we can make a difference. We can identify potential advocates who share the cultures of children served and who will ensure safe, permanent homes for African American children in Texas.
Attached are more staggering statistics of how African American youth are affected in the child welfare system.

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