Happy New Year, CASA supporters!
My 3-year-old daughter has taken to watching a kids show in the evenings called “Robocar Poli.” It’s about a little police car (Poli), fire truck (Roy), ambulance (Amber) and helicopter (Helly) who together make up a rescue squad that responds to all sorts of emergencies around the fictional community of Brooms Town.
Every time my daughter asks to watch the show I think of our CASA volunteers. The scenarios aren’t exactly the same, of course, but there are many similarities.
First, the call comes in: A child has been removed from her home due to abuse or neglect. The volunteer responds, agreeing to take the case. She visits the child, gets to know her, and talks with her caregiver and caseworker.
Our advocates put out fires of a different sort. When controversy erupts over a potential placement or a medical or educational need, the volunteer steps in to gather information and make an informed recommendation.
There’s a John Mayer song that describes a relationship as a “burning room,” and that’s sometimes how I think of our children’s lives. They may go to school and play on the playground like typical children, but the abuse or neglect they suffer at home burns through and touches every aspect of their lives.
Just like Robocar Poli, our volunteers respond to the call for help. They provide comfort, safety and support to children in need and valuable information to the judges charged with deciding what the future holds for our kiddos.
If you or someone you know is interested in being part of our “rescue squad” here at CASA, please visit
to apply. You can also call us at (903) 675-7070 to get more information. Our next volunteer training class begins Saturday, Feb. 10.
We look forward to hearing from you!