Strengthening voices of children

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Did you know … almost every eight minutes, a child becomes a victim of abuse or neglect? In Texas in 2015: 171 children died from child abuse or neglect; that’s a child every two days. A total of 47,348 children were in the child protection system, while 17,151 children were removed from their home due to abuse or neglect; that’s 47 children entering the foster care system each day. Fifty-nine percent of the victims were under the age of 6. The CASA community in Texas is made up of 72 local CASA programs with nearly 8,500 volunteers serving nearly 26,000 foster children in 213 counties. CASAs – Court Appointed Special Advocates – are just like you and me, and are volunteers trained to speak up for these children.

Your local CASA program serves Austin, Waller, Washington, and Colorado counties, and we are looking for you! We need advocates on an on-going basis to be the voice of a child, and be the eyes and ears for the court. Our next event is a golf tournament on Oct. 28 at the Legendary Oaks Golf Club. Contact us at 979-277-0088 or www.wespeak4kids.org if you would like to participate.

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