Children from abused or neglected homes often times are in need of court appointed special advocates.
Today CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties are in need of volunteers.
Volunteer Jimmy Dominguez says, “Most of the time because of the environment that they come from, their defenses are up. They don’t know who to trust. It’s up to you that they earn your trust, that they start talking to you.”
The chance to make a difference in a child’s life is closer than some imagine. This is a board detailing the amount of children removed from their homes and placed with relatives or foster care.
Carmela Treviño, Volunteer, “They are very direct they tell you what they want. I’ve actually had my volunteer tell me, “you need to help.”
In some cases, a courtroom has less than 10 minutes to decide the future of victimized children. CASA Volunteers spend time with these children and become their voice when they need it most.
Carmela Trevino, “Even though it doesn’t go the way you think it may, or should, you have to have the commitment and passion in your heart to want to help a child.”
A passion that most volunteers make time for. Oftentimes they have their own children and jobs, yet they still make an extra effort to helped troubled children.
Carmela Treviño, “The majority of us are volunteers and it is bittersweet because if you didn’t have so many cases, you wouldn’t need so many volunteers.”
And what does it take to be a volunteer? Not much, determination and a desire to help. There are qualifications and screenings, but all training is provided.
Jimmy Dominguez, “If you want to make a change in society instead of just complaining, get involved.”
Those interested in volunteering can contact CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties’ directly.