The Amarillo Area CASA program is doing its best to bring awareness to child abuse in our area in the month of April. Potter and Randall counties have 600+ children in foster care due to abuse and neglect; CASA served 230 of these children just last month. Without enough volunteers, though, CASA won’t be able to serve all of the children in the foster care system in our area this year.
To bring awareness to the needs of the children CASA works with, several public events have been planned for the month of April. A proclamation by the Mayor will be made April 4th at 5 pm following the annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference at the Civic Center. A family fun day has been planned for April 29th at John Stiff Park- all proceeds go directly to CASA and CASA staff will be on hand to educate families on how to get involved with foster children.
CASA is also having their supporters wear easily identifiable t-shirts with the “blue ribbon” for child abuse on them every Friday in the month of April. CASA is encouraging the public to find these CASA supporters and ask them how and why they got involved with child victims of abuse. Many of these t-shirt wearers are also carrying info packets they can pass out on Potter/Randall Counties child abuse statistics, as well as CASA’s contact information.
If you’re interested in joining CASA to become a volunteer and improve a child’s life, CASA is hosting a weekend training class April 22nd from 8 am to 6 pm.