BEEVILLE – CASA of Bee, Live Oak & McMullen Counties needs volunteers to advocate for the safety and future of children in the child protection system in Bee, Live Oak and McMullen counties.

Training provides volunteers the resources they need to give foster children a chance at finding happiness in a safe, permanent home.

Volunteer training is open to those 21 years of age or older who are willing to commit to at least one year of advocacy. Volunteers must also be able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks, submit a completed application, three references, attend an orientation and complete two hours of court observation.

Training will be held at the CASA of Bee, Live Oak & McMullen Counties office,     113 E. Cleveland St. in Beeville, on the following days from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.:  Tuesday, June 11; Thursday, June 13; Tuesday, June 18; and Thursday, June 20.

For more information, contact beeacasa@gmail.com, call 361-542-4407 or visit www.beeacasa.org.

CASA volunteers are everyday members of the community doing extraordinary work by choosing to speak up for abused and neglected children in their communities. They are screened and trained, then appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child or sibling group in the foster care system.

Often the CASA volunteer is the one constant in a child’s life while he or she goes through the complex and overburdened system. CASA volunteers work to move the children through foster care and into safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

To date, 46 CASA of Bee, Live Oak & McMullen Counties volunteers have served 191 children in these three counties.