Dallas CASA logoA friend recently became a Dallas CASA volunteer; his volunteer job involves looking out for the interests of abused and neglected children in the courts, schools and community — and as we all know, there is no shortage of kids who need help. Typically, he says, these are kids who come from broken homes and risk falling between the cracks of the state’s social welfare system. (Our Brittany Nunn wrote a pretty detailed story in the Advocate about CASA and its mission in December 2013.) CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has about 80 neighborhood volunteers already, but there’s a big need for more, according to Rosanne Lewis with CASA. So the group is hosting a reception and information session for neighborhood residents Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. at CASA’s office, 2757 Swiss Avenue. The program will begin at 6:20 p.m., Lewis says, and refreshments will be provided. You don’t need specific skills or knowledge, and you don’t have to be an attorney or have a legal background, to help out. CASA needs people with enough time and commitment to work with children in foster care, Lewis says. From what I can tell, my friend spends a few hours per week in the job, and he says it has been a great experience. For information or to register for the program, call 469-547-9454 or email scrowder@dallascasa.org.

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