LUBBOCK- Officials with CASA of the South Plains said they are having to turn away children in need of a special court appointed advocates due to a lack of volunteers.
"We can't take any new cases until we get a new volunteer in," said Melissa Pierce, special events and marketing coordinator for CASA.
Pierce says CASA is chronically short on court appointed special advocates.
In 2012, CASA took on 500 cases.
They had to turn away 700.
"Child abuse just keeps going up and up every year," said Pierce. "Lubbock has the highest confirmed cases of child abuse per capita in the state of Texas. And I don't know why it goes up every year but we just can't keep up with it."
CASA volunteers go through a 4 day, thorough training process and Pierce said you don't have to be an expert, just a friend and a voice.
"You don't have to have legal background or legal expertise. Basically their main job is to listen. To see what the child needs and to get them into a permanent home."