Abilene, Texas (KRBC)-479 pinwheels, all representing children in the Taylor County foster care system.
479 children-all who need someone to give them a voice.
“You can see the change in the child’s life almost within the first couple of visits you have with the child,” said Casa volunteer Kyle Hees.
A casa is a court appointed special advocate for children in the system.
“My experience with casa has been phenomenal. It’s a humbling experience,” said Hees.
The volunteers visit with children to help fight for their best interests.
“They just really, really connect with you because you’re the one constant face that they see, because in the system they are constantly seeing different faces, different CPS workers come and go, different lawyers come and go, depending on all of the professional schedules but you as a casa volunteer are the one constant in their life,” said Hees.
The volunteers aren’t just making a difference in the kids lives, they are able to give each case. one-on-one attention for free.
“When we have a volunteer on the case it saves the county $125 an hour for an attorney. We do use the funds to help with our training and provide all the materials needed and things like that,” said volunteer and community outreach coordinator Rhea Rodriguez.
Casa says they aren’t able to help the hundreds of kids in the Big Country be heard, without help from the community.
So, they’re organizing a superhero run. Because all children need heroes, but abused and neglected children need super heroes.
“You can come show your support for what we do and the children that are involved, because it’s not just about volunteers, it’s about child abuse too and showing their is a problem in communities with child abuse and it doesn’t need to be swept under the rug,” said Hees.
The run is May 6th at 8:30 a.m. at ACU.