Due to our current COVID 19 health crisis, CASA of El Paso anticipates increased removals from the home due to child abuse and neglect.

CASA of El Paso is part of a national network of more than 76,000 volunteers standing up for the rights of abused and neglected children in communities across the country.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the cycle of abuse and neglect does not stop for anyone or anything such as a pandemic. The stark reality is that a child who may be dealing with neglect and abuse on the daily domestically is expounded much more now that families are being asked to stay at home.

During these tense times, CASA of El Paso is anticipating an increase of removals from the home due to child abuse and neglect. This means that there will be a greater need for more Court Appointed Special Advocates to ensure that the children in our community don’t go through the family court system alone.

As defined by CASA of El PASO - The role of the volunteer Special Advocate includes:

Being a fact-finder for the judge

The volunteer Advocate talks with the child, parents, family members, school officials, health providers and others who are knowledgeable about the child’s history. The volunteer Advocate then provides the judge with a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child’s future.

Speaking for the child in court

The volunteer Advocate makes a recommendation to the court for permanent placement, stating whether it is in the best interest of the child to live with the parent(s), live with relatives, remain in foster care, or be available for permanent adoption.

Being a “watchdog” for the child

During the life of the case, the volunteer Advocate ensures the child’s needs are met and the case is resolved swiftly and appropriately. The CASA must visit the child(ren) regularly, as outlined in their volunteer duties.

If you would like to volunteer the next training class starts soon and will be held online at CASA of EL PASO – CLICK HERE