CASA of the South Plains receives $2,000 grant to fund Volunteer Advocacy Program

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LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) — The following is a news release from CASA of the South Plains:

CASA of the South Plains has received a $2,000 grant from Superior HealthPlan to fund its Volunteer Advocacy Program. The funds from this grant will help ensure that CASA Volunteers continue to have the support and guidance of Advocacy Coordinators. Each Advocacy Coordinator supervises up to 25 Volunteer Advocates and monitors the cases of 50-70 children in foster care. CASA Volunteers play a critical role in the life of children in the foster care system. A CASA, or a Court Appointed Special Advocate, is an individual who helps a child in foster care navigate the child welfare system, while working to ensure their needs are met and to help find a safe, permanent home.

Founded in 1999, Superior HealthPlan is a managed care company that delivers quality health care throughout Texas. Committed to transforming the health of the community, one person at a time, Superior supports active local involvement in all 254 Texas counties with more than 4,000 employees in eight offices throughout the state. Superior is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading multi-national healthcare enterprise offering both core Medicaid and specialty services. More information on Superior can be found at www.SuperiorHealthPlan.com.

“CASA of the South Plains is incredibly grateful to Superior HealthPlan for awarding this grant. Advocacy Coordinators play a crucial role in the coaching and support of CASA Volunteers. They ensure all CASA Volunteers understand how to fulfill the role of Guardian ad Litem, provide valuable feedback, answer questions, and are often a source of emotional support,” said Jaclyn Morris, Executive Director for CASA of the South Plains.

About CASA of the South Plains

CASA of the South Plains empowers community members to serve as volunteer Advocates
that speak for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are community members just like you who ensure each foster child’s needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system while working to find safe, permanent homes for these most vulnerable children. 

CASA’s Impact*

  1. 612 children received advocacy services from CASA of the South Plains in 2019.
  2. 315 CASA Volunteers donated a total of 8,758 hours in 2019, saving county taxpayers $481,690 in county paid attorneys’ fees.
  3. 205 youth in foster care found permanency with the help of their CASA Volunteer
    in 2019.

*CASA 2019 Calendar Year Statistics

How You Can Help

  1. Become a CASA Volunteer.
  2. Become a CASA Donor – Join Heroes for Hope and become a monthly donor. Gifts start at just $10 a month. Every gift makes a difference!
  3. Host a CASA 101 Informational Session – CASA will come to your business and educate your staff about its mission and goals.

To learn how to become an Advocate, or if you are unable to volunteer at this time, and would like to make a donation, visit www.casaofthesouthplains.org or call (806) 763-2272.

(News release from CASA of the South Plains)

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