CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and they are volunteers who advocate for children in the foster care system. Twelve volunteers were sworn in at the Taylor County Courthouse, Friday, by the Family Court Judge Aleta Hacker. The Big Country CASA is a program of the Regional Victim Crisis Center, an independent non-profit based in Abilene.
The room was brought to tears when one little girl named Zoe explained to those in attendance, just how important their roles will be in the near future. She speaks passionately and from experience.
Zoe Grace McQueen was in the system herself and has now been adopted. She says CASA members will be much more then advocates.
"They are scared (the children in the system) and if you welcome them and hug them tight and snuggle them, and tell how much you love them, they will love you too," explains McQueen.
Although 12 were sworn into today, 10 others in Taylor County are going through the intensive training and will join the over 7000 CASA members in Texas who serve more than 23 thousand children. Even though the numbers are staggering, its still not enough.
"They are the ones standing there saying, hey I speak up for this kid," says McQueen.
Only 50 percent of Texas children in the foster care system are represented by a CASA member. The goal is to have each and every one represented represented to serve as a bridge between foster care and adoption.
"They feel like 'no one can stop me now because i know that someone loves me'," proclaims McQueen.
Click here for more information on Big Country CASA.