If you chart it on a graph, the number of children living in poverty, in foster care programs, and in fear of being abused and neglected, it would show a steady incline over the past ten years.
The Texas Kid Counts annual data book that was just released, showed the percentage of confirmed child abuse cases in our state are climbing from just under ten percent in 2000, to almost 19 percent in 2012. Children in foster care has risen two percent over the same time period.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, provides a voice for these children in the court system, but CASA is suffering a significant decline in its volunteer base.
Jennie Hill is the executive director as CASA South Plains.
"We would just really encourage people to consider becoming involved with our program," she said. "It is a volunteer based community program and so without the help of community members we cannot serve more foster youth in our area who constantly need that casa volunteer advocate by their side."
The next training class is January 28th. For more information, you can visit this link