CASA of WT to host Lunch & Learn Tuesday

Staff Writer

Every May, we honor our mothers for the compassion and love they have unselfishly provided. While we take the time to celebrate and reflect on the support that we sometimes take for granted, there are children struggling in the child welfare system without a caring mother or mother figure in their lives.
For these children there is no celebration on Mother’s Day – only heartache, as many of them have been separated from their family due to abuse or neglect. Now facing an overburdened system alone, they need someone to guide and support them during this challenging time.
That someone is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate®) volunteer, a dedicated member of the community appointed by a judge to speak up on behalf of a child’s best interest. A CASA volunteer provides the stability and familiarity a child needs during their transitions through the foster care system. CASA of West Texas is one of the 71 CASA programs across the state that recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for children in care.
“In many cases, a CASA volunteer is the one consistent presence in a child’s life while he or she is in the foster care system,” said Patty Pisklak, Executive Director of CASA of West Texas. “That volunteer often fills the role of a parental figure by providing much-needed support and guidance.”
By getting to know the child personally and speaking with everyone involved in the child’s life, the CASA volunteer can make well-informed and holistic placement recommendations to the court with the goal of finding the child a safe, permanent and loving home as quickly as possible.
“This Mother’s Day, we hope you join us in celebrating the volunteers in our community that continue to help lead our children to brighter futures,” said Pisklak.
Last year, CASA volunteers served 71 children in the child welfare system from Howard County, but there are many children still in need of a volunteer to advocate for their best interests.
CASA of West Texas will hold a training session that starts on June 12, 2017 in Big Spring. To learn more about the program, CASA will host a Lunch and Learn information meeting at noon, on Tuesday at the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 215 W. Third St. More information can be found at or call 432-683-1114.