Both C.A.S.A of West Texas and C.A.S.A of the Permian Basin say they are in need of volunteers, and say it’s never been easier to become an advocate.
“As far as our volunteers go… we are always in need.”Casey Hallmark, CASA of the Permian Basin
“We need to get quite a few more volunteers in the door to be able to sustain that kind of influx.”Hope Stalder, CASA of West Texas
Because of shortage of resources, C.A.S.A of West Texas had to decline a new case recently, the first this year. However, since offices have been closed since March, they’ve added dozens of kids between the two organizations, and only handfuls of volunteers.
One reason it’s harder to conduct background checks is no access to a fingerprint machine, routinely used to verify paper reports, which is all C.A.S.A can use as of now. The training process is about six weeks, and now even longer with all the restrictions from the pandemic.
Fear of resource shortages will persist throughout the summer. Since children are out of school, fewer instances will be reported. Both organizations say this fall could really strain operations, as schools begin to reopen.